Icons on hPDA?

Not really a question, just rumination.

I'm starting to play with my own forms for a hPDA, and had the idea of using icons in the upper-right corner to denote the main purpose of the card, so I don't need to process the title when I'm flipping through a stack.

Anyone use something like this? I wound up just dropping on characters from the "Webdings" font: a price tag for my "Comparison Shopping" form, grocery bags for my "Shopping List", etc.. And I'm looking for an excuse to use the goofier ones like the alien and chipmunk. :-)

Originally I put them in the upper left like a playing card, but I flip my cards vertically to find them, not fan them out. I still want to use tabs to divide the major sections, but within a context -- like shopping -- there are a number of sub-contexts that I want to keep distinct.

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:D love the dings

I know a couple people 'round these here parts utilize icons. In fact our very beloved Innowen had an article about tagging that included some stuff about using icons too... (if my memory serves me well).

I have been considering adding some "'dings" to my stuff too... especially now that I have a newly acquired printer that doesn't hate me. :D

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Iconoclastic?

The Pile of Cards Wiki-keeper has some icons he uses for his 3x5 cards. Based on the GTD approach so, if that's what you're using, it might be useful to visit rummage through the Pile of Cards for them. But just in case you can't find them (and it took me a while to re-locate them) you can go straight there with http://pileofindexcards.org/wiki/index.php?title=PoIC_Format. Also has some other tips that 3x5 user might find useful --- e.g. the edge mark; though you've all probably been there many times before.

I cannot find the Open Loop

Please assist this clueless one.
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Equally ClueLess

I'm not sure what the Pile of Cards Wiki-keeper means by "open loop". I presummed that this was a GTD specific phrase and therefore clear to GTD user, which I'm not, but maybe it's more to do with Wiki-keeper's English being his second language.

Found it?

From what I can derive, he's using the four positions to indicate "something" about the card:

Record, Discovery, GTD, and Someone Else's Record

So, you're looking for something special in the third column over. If you scan the picture from the top of the image down, you can see a little coloring that looks like a "U" instead of a fully-shaded box. I *think* this is it, unless it's just a photo artifact. It's tricky to see.

In GTD-speak, an "open loop" is a to-do item that isn't done. So in this system, he can find his incomplete to-dos by a scan of the edge of the cards. Personally, I'd probably throw another color or a hole punch into the mix:

Blank slot == not a GTD card
Red edge == GTD card, needs action
Black edge == GTD card, action complete (color over the red)
or
Hole punch == GTD card, task complete

This is just my interpretation, of course. His English is far better than my Japanese. :-)

open loop

"Open loop" is simply the GTD terminology for a task that still has work to be done before it can be considered complete.

Friend of Pens posted two seconds before me! And with more detail.

-Kenny

FOUND IT !!

It IS the "U" shape.

Look here
He shows the process card by card.
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Still hard to see

Those of us with bad eyes may squint a bit. What I really need is a system that goes HERE IS THE CARD YOU ARE LOOKING FOR in bright orange letters. You know, the one that reads minds. :-)

Oooh, maybe *that's* what I can use the Alien Wingding for...

OK, one more step...

I think my confusion was from a mistaken idea that the different types of cards constituted a sequence of some sort. My "spin" on it now is that the cards are totally separate from one another.

Yes, no, or have I lost the last few operational brain cells ?
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I think you're right

I see his stack as a big archive of what's going on. Perhaps useful if you drop them all and need to find that to-do item right away (though I'd notch or round on corner, like a punch card)

More ideas to ponder...

Hmmm.

The point is, I think, distinguishing between complete and incomplete tasks.
Maybe a small notch for an incomplete ones and enlarge the notch when you finish ?
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John Norris

Check out John Norris - he uses icon's on his cards...

http://radio.weblogs.com/0114670/categories/hipsterPda/2005/...

Those are cool...

And I like the idea of positional icons, too. Right now all mine are lumped into the upper-right corner, but a vertical spread would make them stand out more as I flipped through. Oooh! And now I need a table of contents card... [warms up OpenOffice]

Icons

I think I see the position quicker than the icon...and it does help when you have a stack of cards, or going through one's archives. Also not limited to one language.

Soon to be moving directly to: http://john-norris.net/2007/09/18/hipster-general-stack/#mor...

john-norris.net

I use Dings

Hi.

I made some forms with dings on them. I put them on the upper left rather than the right, but they're there.

I had a clock dial for meetings, flourish (decorative symbol) for plain notes, a pointing finger for a to-do list (as in "get it done, you"), a sack of money for a shopping list, a box with a check for Project Actions.

These are all in the 'hipster landscape' set I posted in the templates.

I would suggest the Alien for any sort of per-person notes you keep around--like the agenda you're building for the next time you talk to your boss, or your direct reports..

For the chipmunk, I'd stick him on stuff like collections or inventories--things you're hoarding. :)

shris

Some more templates with icons

I don't think these templates have been mentioned yet:
LINK

-Jon

Those are they!

Someone else likes Webdings, too. :-) That's another interesting use I had not thought of -- as qualifiers/categories for the information being captured.

dafonts

I got this urge to design some 3x5's that are already "categorized"...

Scoping the Dingbats > Various options over at dafont.com

There are many options... most having no limitations on use. I like this one > Signotek

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dafonts is one of my

dafonts is one of my favorite free font sites. i've spent hours combing the site and drooling and being generally amazed at the amount of fonts that people come up with.

/innowen

And???

When can we expect to see the fruit of your labors? ;-)

-Jon

I'm actually going through a

I'm actually going through a very non-productive phase these days :(

I will attempt to design and get my templates in use before too long... and I will share :D

My main focus these days is my gardens... so much to do to whip them into shape for the big blooming season.

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garden

There is a season for all things. Gardening is prety productive ;-)

Agreed

Now is the time to be in the sun. Working in the garden is the thing to do! (I would be right now, but it started raining!) We can wait!

-Jon

ta da

...but with no link !!

You tease, you. :)
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omg >.<

I am so sorry about that yall... it is fixed now. it should work now... I think my computer here at work has some wierd phobia of the internet. >.<

Again my apologies for that mixup...

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There are many options...

There are many options... most having no limitations on use. I like this one > Signotek

Dot's a very nice font (^-^)

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Wingdings & Printer Labels

I've used my B/W laser printer to print wingdings and webdings, in larger sized font, onto sheets of self-adhesive sticky labels.

You could cut these to the appropriate size and stick them onto the corners of your index cards or whatever other filing system pages currently in use.

~Joe

so simple, yet so brilliant!

I've been thinking of how to make it easier to flip right to any given context list in my hPDA, and this sounds perfect! Print the icons onto rectangular labels, then fold them in half over the edge of the card, so that it sticks out like a tab.

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simple is good!

I love that idea too - simple yet brilliant is what I always look for!

THANKS!
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