How to Create a Unique Dashboard for your Filofax - The Filofancy Way!

How to create a unique Filofax planner dashboard

How To Create a Unique Filofax Dashboard

TRUST me... This is going to be the most useful thing you create for your Filofax.  Have you ever heard of such a thing as a Filofax dashboard?  

If you are an active member of the online Filofax community then you probably have heard of planner dashboards because everybody is using them.

Most people tend to use the Filofax sticky-notes insert as their dashboard.  Well, as usual, I have an alternative and a rather clever way of creating a dashboard for your Filofax. Keep reading to find out more.

What Is A Filofax Dashboard?

If you still have no idea what I am talking about when I mention the term "Filofax dashboard", let me explain. Your planner dashboard your first port of call.  You open your Filofax - and there is it - with everything you need to immediately be reminded of.

Your dashboard can be decorative, it can be functional, or it can be both.

The most important thing about a planner dashboard is that you are able to truly make it your own so that it is appealing and useful.

How To Use The Filofax Sticky Note Insert As A Dashboard

Maybe you are wondering why so many people are using the Filofax sticky notes insert as their dashboard?

Quite simply, it is because sticky notes all you to write notes down, then tear them off and dispose of them when you are done.

Because they are sticky notes, you can also tear them off and then stick them elsewhere in your Filofax.

What Makes The Filofancy Filofax Dashboard Different?

I have come up with a fabulous Filofax dashboard idea. It is simple, affordable, reusable, and highly personalisable. What more could you want from a dashboard?

Just purchase a Filofax cardholder insert - Then use a credit card for sizing and cut up a nice little pile of pretty coloured paper to slip into each pocket... as much as each pocket will hold. Now you have a great little note-taking system.

You can dedicate each space to specific types of notes - ie. personal reminders, work-related mind-joggers, shopping lists, etc. When you have finished with the note, take it out to reveal a fresh sheet of notepaper.

You can also use your dashboard to display photos and keepsakes, such as inspirational quotes to motivate you when you open up your planner. The pockets are also a great place to house your planner stickers, sticky tabs, paperclips, and anything else that fits and might be useful or cute in your planner

I use my Filofax business card for sizing which came with my Aqua Chameleon A5 when I bought it.  It's ideal because I can either keep it attached to the rings in my Filofax or slip it into the dashboard itself, ready for when I need to cut up a few more slips of notepaper.

I don't know about you but I'm not so keen on the neon-bright colours of the Filofax sticky-note insert dashboard. The great thing about the Filofancy dashboard is that you can choose coloured, plain, squared, lined, or dotted paper that suits your own preferences. 

You can use the dashboard pockets to keep reminders, to-do lists, or even slip folded up bits of paper like receipts if you need to remind yourself to file them later on for your expenses.

how to make a planner dashboard for filofax

Store your stickers and paper-clips, like I do.

filofax dashboard using card holder

But what makes the Filofancy dashboard ultimately versatile is that you can modify the Flex jot-pad like I have to attach to your dashboard for longer lists and notes you may need immediate access to.

I just took my Filofax sizing card and measured around it on the back cover of the flex jot-pad, and then I cut the back-cover so that it fits into the top card slot of the dashboard.

I use the underneath card slots to store my star-stickers and my little silver Waterstones bookmarks, which are very useful for marking pages in my Filofax when I don't want to forget where I have put them!

You can even make a mini index to remind you of what you have recently written and where in your Filofax you have filed your notes away. I am forever losing or forgetting things I have written down and filed somewhere in my fat Filofax, so this system is such a godsend to me.

My dashboard is now the first thing I look at when I open my Filofax.  It is my memory jogger, and it also directs me to the things in my Filofax I may otherwise have forgotten about.

You can also use the back of the dashboard in the same way because the cards insert is double-sided.

I am sure you will find many other creative ways to make the dashboard your own. Thank you for reading, and please leave your thoughts and ideas in the comments below, because I love to read them!

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  1. Very nice! I like the jot pad idea. I don't use an A5 though, but it's definitely got me thinking...

    1. Thanks Lucy, I'm sure there's a similar way you can create a dashboard for your Filofax. They are pretty handy! :)

  2. Great idea! Thank you! Would you consider doing an update on your FF as a whole? Maybe even an update YouTube video? Really enjoyed the first two that you did.

    1. Hello DEM, Absolutely! I will definitely do an update, and another videoblog soon. Been a bit distracted recently, and also I'm doing this thing where I give each post I publish a bit more time at the 'top' before I publish the next one - a little tip I read from a blog about blogging. Glad you enjoyed the videoblogs :)

  3. I'd been wondering what to do with my jot pad - that is a very good idea :-)

    1. Thanks LJ. I know, they seem neither here nor there, these jotpads, until you focus and decide exactly what use you have for them!

  4. Any chance you could give us a closer look at your flex?

    1. Hello,

      Certainly! I will put together a videoblog shortly. Subscribe to the blog to keep updated - thanks for reading :)

  5. This is such a brilliant idea! I've never really used a dashboard because it didn't seem helpful to me - I may look into trying this though!

    1. Thanks :) It is a pretty cool idea. Lots of people seem to find dashboards a useful reference point in their organisers, and everyone has their own way of doing it that works for them. I don't use the card holders for cards though, so I decided to get creative :) Thanks for your comment xx

  6. Wow, great idea! I have to try this! So glad I stumbled across your blog! :)


    1. Thanks :) I will check out your blog too x

  7. Great idea. I already have the card organizer, but I never thought of using it this way.

  8. Very nice, I will try it

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