Technology may have the world fooled, but not us! One of the most important tools in life already exists in your home: a pencil. That’s according to author Stephen Covey in his book, ‘Change Anything: The New Science of Personal Success’, and he should know. If the name doesn’t ring a bell, maybe you’ve heard of his other bestselling book, ‘7 Habits of Highly Effective People‘ one of the must-reads for anyone who is serious about making an impact in the world.

So the science bit… According to the ‘Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin‘, adding a simple pencil and paper can improve the outcome of studying. While you may not be a student in the formal sense, we are all students of life, so pay attention.

According to the said study, a group of students were separated into two groups and given the same information to study. Half of the group were given a pencil and paper in addition to this and told: “Decide now where and at what times you will study in the next week, and write it down.” The results showed that those who wrote down their study plan studied more than twice the hours as those who didn’t write it down.

So, the saying ‘Fail to plan, plan to fail’ isn’t just another of those old wives’ tales that we should ignore. Covey also highlights another study in ‘Change Anything‘ that found that planning increases the chance of success by more than 30%.

Covey says, “If you keep a record of your evolving plan, you’ll make new mistakes rather than repeating the old ones. The goal here is not perfection, but progress. By actually recording your plans, you will increase your ability to follow through, enhance your motivation to change, and expand your capacity to learn and adjust along the way.”

So, while Covey doesn’t strip out technology – he advises using technology to aid the note-taking process if that’s preferred – we say that writing your plans down on paper has its own benefits: you can access the information anytime you need it, whether your battery is dead or not. There’s also something final about writing your plans down – there is something contractual about it, and every time you flick through the pages you are reminded of what you planned to do, and that’s where the new Filofax Notebook comes in.

The notebook

We briefly mentioned the new Filofax Notebook a few weeks ago in another product review and promised to give a more detailed review later.



With prices starting at £9.99 for the pocket size and £12.99 for the A5, these notebooks aren’t the cheapest notebooks going. But Filofax as a brand is all about quality – and quality you surely will get.


FILOFAX 3These are the type notebooks that you can whip out during meetings and not cringe in the process. And there’s a colour for every personality – from the uniform black, aqua, orange, blue, fuchsia or red – there’s a colour for everyone.

The Filofax Notebook come with four dividers, of which three have insert pockets – great for storing receipts, business cards, or any extra information you may need.

Fully customisable

FILOFAX 2Every part of the notebook screams ‘Customise me!’. From the notepaper to the dividers, you can add, remove or replace the paper as your needs require. That in itself is a winner – people often get put of the restrictiveness of notebooks, so this is a big tick for us.

The notebook also folds flat. Another plus – we all have our preferred way of writing; sometimes not being able to fold the hardcover backwards can be a hindrance, and having a softcover notebook that loses its shape when you fold it back can be off-putting. So the Filofax Notebook wins on this one.

Last but not least is the elastic that closes the notebook. This makes sure that whatever you keep in your notebook stays put, and helps the notebook keep it shape.

This is a winner for us. Grab yours at Enjoy!

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