Half-size Circa PDA

Reading several posts today gave me an idea. I took a bunch of index cards and cut them in half, Circa-punched them (two rings at the top), and added two stiff clear covers made from a piece of plastic I had laying around. Voila -- a half-size Circa PDA that fits in the front pocket of my jeans!

I have a hard time dealing with my PalmOS to-do list, because I can't put them in order manually. My only options are to sort by priority, category, or date -- and if I have six equally-important assignments due for class by Sunday, I can't put them in an order that makes sense.

So that's what the front half of my little cPDA is for. I can put one to-do per page and put them in any order I like. When I'm done I can throw them away, or -- if I've taken notes on the card -- I can stick it in the appropriate file/archive book/planner section.

The back half is for notes.

I liked LisaPT's comment about the clear covers allowing her to see her current to-do item. That's really what inspired me. That and Ryan's pictures of the MicroPDA. I don't have a box of business cards, so I made do with half-size index cards...

This is good. I always have a pen on me, as I've taken to wearing my Pilot Vanishing Point pen on a cord as a pendant. Oh, and I have a Cross Ion on my keychain, thanks to somebody else on this forum. And now I'll have paper without squishing anything into my back pocket. Rock!

I know this is a good little thing, but you all do inspire things that make my life easier. I appreciate that. Thank you!

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Tiny!

How much smaller do you think we can go? I find the current discussion about MicroPDAs, etc. fascinating. :-)

Next up: the postage stamp PDA!

Hee.

Seriously, though: I write small. I have plenty of room on half a card. :)

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How many pages can you fit on the head of a pin?

Awesome! 3x5 is sometimes a little more than I need, but I think 2x3 might be too small. Maybe I should go with 3/4 index card size? :-)

Could you do a half of a

Could you do a half of a 4x6?

I think it would be 3 by 4

I think it would be 3 by 4 inches. That should work if you right smallish.

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Whatever works!

As Sara's always telling us, the local print shop could cut them for you really cheaply. :)

This morning I was driving to see a client and got an idea. I dug my little... what should I call this thing? hhPDA (Half a Hipster PDA)? That'll work... I dug my hhPDA out of my pocket, turned it over so the back cover was facing me, and then at the next red light I scribbled down my idea on the card facing me (the last card in the deck). When I got to where I was going I took it off the rings and put it in the front of the deck so I would remember to do it as soon as I got back to the office. It worked perfectly.

It's so cool when I do something that actually works. I'm really digging my current system, and it's truly useful instead of just "ooh look at the neat binder I won't be using in a month."

Of course, now that I've got a good system, I'm looking for another job -- a desk job where I'll have actual meetings and things to keep track of. So things will change once I get a job and see what the organizational requirements are...
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I think 2x3 might be too small

Try it and see. You can get a Circa micro PDA or a Myndology Note-size or you can smurf a stack of old business cards.
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When available?

Does you know when the Circa micro PDA will be on Levenger's website?

I does not :)

But I believe Ryan said it would appear in the next printed catalog.
They are in the retailstores. Got one near you ?
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I love it! I have been

I love it! I have been exploring possibilities for my "system" and this has potential. I found a trifecta type pad online at Target.com and have been thinking of applications... The size of the cards you are using would probably be perfect! Plus after chopping a ruled index card in half... the rule lines will now be in portrait orientation!

Thanks for sharing a great hack~!

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:)

I'm really glad you like it. I was afraid y'all would think I was being dumb or reinventing the wheel or something.

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You do not have to cut them yourself

You can buy them that way...
Colored cards
White cards

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"I think the surest sign that there is intelligent life out there in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us." (Calvin and Hobbes/Bill Waterson)

True.

But it was midnight, and cutting cards was easier than going to Wal-Mart. :)

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I'm thinking that you would

I'm thinking that you would probably pay more for the 'convenience' too. I like cutting my own if I have the supplies on hand. Also like making my own stuff just cause I can say "I made this". :D Imma DIY geek!

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i would think so too

I thought it would cost more for convenience too but the link above is 200 cards for .99 cents. I just went onto officemax.com and they have 3x5 cards that are 100 cards for 1.99. So you are actually paying twice as much. Of course it all depends on where you buy your cards, if at all (lol i get them from work) And you can still smurf and say you did it yourself.

I have tons of ruled index

I have tons of ruled index cards left from college... and I get TONS of scrap paper from work. The only thing I've purchased was ruled colored index cards by Oxford :D

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Tweaks

-- Date due in top right corner
-- Icon for category at top right corner
-- Mini post-it pad stuck inside back cover
-- Mini post-it marker for where last used card is

I may move dates and icons to bottom left and right corners, now that I think about it. Then I can just play "flip book" with the deck and see the markings more easily.

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pics

Is there anyway to see a pic of this? I made a mini one too off your directions but your tweaks sound interesting.

There's Aaaaaaalways a way !!

Nooooooooooooooo one expects the Spanish Inquisition !!
Our main weapon is surprise ! ...and fear.
Our two main weapons are suprise and fear !! ... and Circa notebooks !
Among our many weapons .....
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Sure!

I'll take some pictures tonight. I also want to take some pictures of the rest of my kit, so I'll do it all at once...

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I like that idea for all my

I like that idea for all my hPDA-ish stuff... since you grab and flip from the bottom, it prevents you from having to lift to see all the way to near the discs.

<3 you are my hero!

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*blush*

Thanks... I get so much inspiration from this place that it's nice to return the favor a little. :)

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Suggestion

If you make one of these, round the corners of the plastic covers! The inside fabric of my jeans pockets (the ones I'm wearing today, anyway) is a bit thin, and that plastic poked me in the leg several times until I could get to a pair of scissors. Ouch. (The corners of the index cards don't hurt, because they're not as stiff as the plastic. So you only need to cut the plastic.)

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round the corners-- design issue - FYI

If you are going to round the cover corners, you need to either round the corners of the pages or make the cover larger so that the page cornerss do not hang out.
In my tinkerings, I have done both. It's a question, I'd think, about how much corner punching you want to do.
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And also...

It depends on how much you care. *grin* I don't, at the moment...

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You go, girl !

Just making technical suggestions.
Enjoy.
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This size is really cute!

I'm going to a scrapbooking retreat next week with a bunch of ladies I've known for a while. Everyone brings materials for a little project, and I just prototyped mine: a half-hipster PDA. :-)

The cards inside will be printed with all our names, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, and birthdays - one person per card. My prototype is right here in front of me, and I must say that it is cute as a bug. The size is perfect, and I get to assimilate a whole new group of people into the Rolla-Circa collective. LOL!

An idea just popped into my

An idea just popped into my head! We need a Circa-Rolla Collective hat. Or a logo at least.
Circa-Rolla Borg?

Maybe I should put the thinking cap on.
Or is that We should put the thinking cap on?

Oy! Hubby has me watching too many Star Trek re-runs.

Eight (junior) of Eleven (Letter)

Yeah!

That would be cool! :-D Are there any artists in the audience? Bueller? Bueller?

PS. I've watched way too many Star Trek reruns, too.

Pictures!

You must post pictures! I'm glad you liked my idea. :)

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Okay!

But be warned: There will be a LOST tie-in somewhere. Maybe a nice photo of Sawyer on the cover, LOL. Everyone in the group is a LOST junkie!

Not True...

Sorry, but I never "got" Lost. Tried to watch teh first season and just didn't catch me. Now ST:TNG I can do for hours. It has gobbled half my Tivo harddrive...

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