Setting up Filofax with DIY Fish Pages (with an emphasis on memory issues*)


*The following Filofax and pages set-up was designed to specifically address memory, organization, and time perception problems associated with particular disabilities.  Any feedback, questions, or suggestions are welcome.  I hope this set-up information and associated descriptions are helpful for people.

DIY Fish planner pages are available in several formats and sizes to fit different binder systems ranging from Filofax to Midori to Franklin Covey.  If you are a seasoned computer user, you can also use scaling to print the pages slightly larger or smaller sizes if you are using a non-standard binder size.

After weighing the pros and cons of day-on-1-page versus 2 pages, weekly versus daily, etc. I decided to go with the DIY Fish version 2.2 day-on-2-pages layout for the meat of my planner.  They include a month calendar and space for lists, weekly calendar with space for lists, 2 pages per day with the scheduling and tasks to the left and a blank grid-lined page on the right which is perfect for notetaking, journaling, or time tracking. Each sections includes a review area and a weekly and monthly check-off or tick-off chart that most people use to track things like to-dos, days exercised, weights, etc.  They are really versatile and I’ll actually also be using mine for some project planning with dependencies.

This particular set is called V2.2 Full set ds1 d02p.  I got mine in A5 size but generally the personal size is more common. This page on her blog gives a good description of the pages:  V2.2 DS1 D02P  This link is for the pages in the ETSY shop (please note this link is for the personal size pages):  ETSY DIY Fish V2.2 Personal Size DS1 D02P
There are many videos on YouTube about how to cut out and assemble the pages but I found it was just easy enough to follow her instructions on her blog:  DIY Fish Print & Cut Instructions

I highly recommend reading the instructions several times before printing any tests.  I read through them myself a number of times.  Then I printed several tests on recycled paper so that I could see exactly how they came out of the printer and which direction I had to feed them back in to get them to come out in the correct direction.  I can’t emphasize this step enough.  Test print several times on recycled paper until you feel comfortable with the process so that you don’t get frustrated with the process.

I also recommend installing any Adobe Acrobat updates that are due for your computer and installing any updates you’ve been putting off for your printer.  It will make the printing faster and smoother.

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