Martin Kretzschmar's Planner

This is my (revived with DIY Planner) paper planner, made by Herlitz. I bought it 10 years ago.

You can see my 6-hole punch, a random pen and fresh contact log and matrix sheets on the photo too.

In the back of the planner there's a pad of (10 years old ;-)) grid paper that I use for notes, in the front pocket you can see a DIY Kit ID with my name and contact information.

This planner uses 93mm by 171mm templates. There were none on this site, so I started creating my own DIY Planner based templates in 2. Unlike Doug (for the Widget Kit), I'm using Writer, not Draw. I guess I should upload my files to the templates directory, maybe after resizing to 95 by 171 (3 3/4" by 6 3/4").

I'm still experimenting with the templates, adapting more DIY Planner templates to this format as I need them.

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template size

That size(3 3/4" by 6 3/4") would be useful... I too have planners bought years ago (anybody remember Lefax?), and at least one 6-hole punch, and would like to revive them the DIY way.

Although I am having fun experimenting with a hipster PDA/pocketMod combo.

No way paper is dead.


Long live paper!

Egage, I agree with "No way paper is dead."

I've never completely abandoned paper since moving to personal computers of one kind or another in the mid-80s, but increasingly, with awareness of the bitter and often self-defeating software wars involving copyright, patents, rival OS's, etc., not to mention the considerable expense of time updating software, repairing crashed systems, and learning arcane commands for various programs--and also not to mention all the money involved... Well, I'm more and more appreciative of paper and ink.

Just last night, I dug out an old planner looking almost identical to the one illustrated here, in perfect condition. I may go shopping for a new six-hole punch today... The two I've had bit the dust through flimsy construction. Maybe I need to find a creative solution using a sturdier standard letter-size punch.


How can a single word bring back in such crystalline clarity a cold, drifting snow day day in London (in the seventies?) with the Lefax salesperson explaining they were in business before filofax (really) and the pleasure of that first purchase. D@#+ you got me. Now where's my favourites button?

A binder by any other name...

It's true. Lefax was invented in 1910 by an American engineer, a Britsh Colonel made a copy and called it a File of Facts (1921-1930) making a forture selling it to the army. It wasn't until 1930 that the name was officially abbreviated to Filofax.

Template Size

I have to agree that 3 3/4" x 6 3/4" would be so useful! I really need to revive my planner after the dog ate most of the contents!

Just another vote for 3 3/4"

Just another vote for 3 3/4" x 6 3/4" size paper. I've started using 3x5 cards recently but in the past all of my organizers were the Day Runner size of 3 3/4" x 6 3/4". I think I remember notebooks of this size as far back as the 1980's?? Unfortunately too large to go in a pocket or shirt pocket which is why I went to 3x5. I've also gotten the moleskine bug recently but I'm not sure yet where that is going. :)

With work it's best to just start.

I agree. I have a day runner

I agree. I have a day runner with a zipper and padded pocket for my erstwhile PDA that I'd rather not turf. I've figured I can take the widget kits and work up my own templates, but heck, if you've already done it, then sure, upload away! :P

Maybe I'll do my own anyway, just for the exercise. I'm loving my hipster in the meantime, though. Great site!

Here's yet another vote for

Here's yet another vote for the 3 3/4" by 6 3/4" template. I'm using a planner that I've had since college and I find this size is very convenient. Hope to see a downloadable template soon! :)

Me too

I have that size, too, a very nice leather book with zipper, probably also ten year old but in good shape. Now I am torn as to whether to hope this size if forthcoming...or whether to recognize that my eyes are also ten years older and convert to a larger size. Sigh.

3 3/4" x 6 3/4" Templates

My wife and I both use 6-Hole templates this size. I'd be very interested in using your templates if you've posted them anywhere and are willing to share.

me three!

I too would love this size, as that is what my current planner is, and I am having no luck making templates


I was so disapointed that DIY Planner didn't have the 3.75x6.75 templates. I've had a planner of this size for years and would love to update it with these templates. Please share!

oooh, pretty.

Your template pages print so much more nicely than mine do. Mine are always skewed, and it would help if I could cut in a straight line... first graders are better with scissors than I am, plus I have to punch the holes one at a time because my DayRunner has 7 rings, gah.

You can tell Acrobat reader

You can tell Acrobat reader that you have paper of a specific size and it will scale the pages to fit. Not as good as official templates, but it works pretty good. I have been scaling some of the Classic templates to Letter size and I barely notice a difference in quality, Sometimes the margins aren't perfectly even, but good enough. You could probably scale the Hipsters up, or the CLassics down to fit your in-between planner size.

DIY 3 1/4 X 6 1/4

Someone please post your templates for this size. I tried the Adobe thing but they look so awful and there is alot of wasted margin space. I would be foreve grateful


I too would love to have templates of this size if you wouldn't mind sharing.




isn't this fiolfax size? There are at least 3 sets of templates on this site for filofax size. Am I wrong here? I keep seeing the request for this size template, but we already have them or are the 3 sets here missing a specific template that we could work on??

nay nay

Here are three = 3.75 X 6.75

in the template gallery, there are already 3 sets of these templates - size = 3.75 X 6.75.

DiyP2-Style 3.75 x 6.75 Templates: A selection of D*I*Y Planner 2.0 style templates in "personal" size.

Filofax templates 3.75 x 6.75: Ten of my most used classic templates converted to filofax size (3.75 x 6.75), with a few additions. Even pages are the backside of the odd pages. Two separate templates per page.

GTD templates for Filofax Personal: A bunch of Allen's GTD lists designed to fit a Filofax Personal Organiser. The size is 95mm x 171mm or 3 3/4" x 6 3/4". Designed for 2-up on both A4 and letter-size paper.

I have been printing pages

I have been printing pages for my Lefax/Filofax/Mead binders for years using Palm software. Merely copy your data onto a new memo and print it. The printout has 3 pages per 8-1/2" x 11" sheet, but the third page is narrower than the first two. I have a number of 3-3/4" x 6-3/4" binders that are filled with my data. Very easy, very convenient. I started using this size notebook in college [class of '56] and and it is still very useful.

Could you also...

expand it to fit the Franklin Covey Compact size? It is 4.25 x 6.75. It looks very nice. Thanks.