Introducing DIYPlanner Quick Tips

ScribeThere's plenty of little things we think of here that aren't meaty enough for a full article, but that might help the odd reader and perhaps instigate a little discussion. To that end, we'd like to introduce a new feature here on DIYPlanner: Quick Tips. These will be posted several times a week, and will run the gamut from pens and notebooks to creative techniques to digital productivity. (Hey, we analog luddites do occasionally use computers, too, or else you wouldn't be reading these words.) So, our first official Quick Tip:

Like the freedom of writing on an unlined page, but your words start tipping to an angle the further down the page you write? Take a tip from old-style blank writing pads. These generally come with a lined page you could slip under your current page, and there would be just enough hint of lines to keep your writing even and on track. If you don’t have such a lined page for your paper or journal, use Ygor’s dynamic templates to generate lined note pages with the line spacing and thickness that works best for you.

Do you have a quick tip? Email it to diyplanner -@AT@- gmail dot com!

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Great tip. I've been using

Great tip. I've been using it for decades and never thought enough about it to share it with others. I guess that makes me that "odd" reader in your post. Guess it's time to review my work style with an eye to what may benefit others.


another tip for avoiding the slant

For work I print my meeting agendas on US letter-sized paper and then write my notes on the other side. For the blank, unlined side I draw a line down the middle of the page (like a steno pad) and write my notes in a column fashion. The narrower margins help me control my handwriting (slant, size and sloppiness), help me to write quick concise notes instead of short novels, and still allow for freedom from printed lines.