Thursday, 20 December 2012

Using Daytimer Hotlist sheets in a Filofax

Most Filofax lovers at some point find that the limited range of inserts get a bit dull. That's when a glance at the main brands making Filofax-compatible systems can pay off.

Daytimer is an American company well known in the US but pretty much invisible here in the UK. Their Portable size binders and inserts are exactly the same size as Filofax personal size, and one of their products I have seen mentioned are their Hotlist sheets:

I ordered these from the Daytimer UK website. Shipping was expensive and slow, and the prices displayed do not include VAT which adds another whack on at checkout. However, I wanted to give these a try to see if they help in prioritising my to-do list.

The sheets are double sided, and each pack comes with 2 pads of 24 sheets. As you can see, they have 2 sets of holes, so you can keep them facing the right way round in your binder whether 'Today' is on the left or the right hand page. There was not a colour choice on the website (although I believe they do come in yellow as well) but luckily the blue they sent goes really well with my blue personal Domino.

I've been trying these out this week, keeping one in my current diary page:

As you can see, I highlight things I've done (rather than cross them out) and as I mark off each one, I am trying to add just one or two more - so I never have more than 4 tasks in front of me at one time.

Being at home with small children means a traditional to do list just does not work - a carefully structured schedule with prioritised tasks goes out of the window when someone is mashing banana into the sofa. I found that the things on my regular to do list were getting lost in amongst the laundry and chaos of caring for babies. Keeping a few key tasks in front of me, in my Filofax open on the kitchen counter, means I am able to aim to get at least 3 of my to dos DONE - every day.

The hotlist sheets are a great idea. Unfortunately my highlighter bleeds through to the back really badly, and I think they were overpriced for what they are (at least from Daytimer UK - they may be more reasonably priced in the USA). I'll enjoy using up the rest of the pads I have, but then? I'll use a sheet of regular cheap personal sized notepaper sliced in half lengthwise with an extra set of holes punched in it. There's nothing so satisfying as Filofax thriftiness.


  1. I have these on their way to me in Pink and Blue from the UK website, it's a shame their customer service isn't great !!

  2. Yes, I've been a bit dissapointed with the speed of delivery. I ordered a binder at the same time as these hotlists (nearly 3 weeks ago!) and it's still not here - looks like I won't have it to unwrap on Christmas day :0(

  3. And add some washi tape around the edges to jazz it up better than a Hotlist!