D*I*Y Planner Hipster PDA Edition V3 (Under Review)

D*I*Y Planner Cards

The escape was carefully orchestrated. Congo made sure the coast was clear, Bonzo distracted me with his endearing rendition of Polonius' farewell speech to Laertes, Pierre engaged my wife with the latest Daniel Smith artists' catalogue, and Polly constructed the electromagnet that attracted the key to the cage from atop the bookshelf. They waited till after midnight, then opened the padlock and quietly crept to the Mac to get to work.

This morning I found the fruits of my little simians' labour, stacked neatly in a small pile atop the printer.

I'm hereby pleased to announce the release of the much-requested D*I*Y Planner Hipster PDA Edition v3, a series of [How many?] organisational and planning templates designed for printing onto index cards (a.k.a., the Hipster PDA). These are a subset of the regular D*I*Y Planner forms, re-designed for the smaller size, and may be used either in conjunction with the full kit or as a stand-alone system. Although chiefly inspired by David Allen's Getting Things Done, an emphasis has been placed upon tweakability and multiple methodologies. The package includes:

  • A cover, including an 'if lost, please return to' form
  • 'The Helpful Hipster PDA Reference Card', to share with friends.
  • A Getting Things Done Quick Reference Card, including a flow chart, a weekly review list, and a list of "Stuff" (TM, patent pending)
  • Yearly calendars for 2006 and 2007
  • Three variations on the monthly calendar, both horizontal and vertical
  • Weekly calendars
  • Day Keeper, a daily time management form, with timed and untimed versions
  • More Day Keeper forms, with areas for actions
  • A 'Combined Actions' with Actions, Waiting For and Notes areas
  • Separate full-size Actions and Waiting For templates
  • Agenda cards for people or meetings
  • Potential Project and Potentials Quicklist forms
  • Single- and double-line ToDo forms
  • Harmony and Priority Matrix, for the top-down fans
  • Basic Project and Checklist templates
  • Product Idea and Solutions forms
  • Shopping and Finances forms
  • Two types of Job Tracker
  • Notes templates in lined and grid versions
  • Matrix, a form for writing or tracking tabular data (exercise/fitness logs, calorie counting, grades, borrowed library books, budget items, etc.)
  • Two types of Contacts template, four to a sheet
  • Important Numbers forms
  • The new Book Note template
  • A Mind Map template
  • Forms for writers including; Story Idea, Story, Story Board, Plot Point and Character
  • An Item template
  • A Photographic Release
  • A Weekly Tracker
  • A six box Table
  • Instructions for printing, cutting, modifying, troubleshooting, etc.

This edition is available in three different packages. Please read the descriptions to determine which one you need. Click on the title to download it.

1-Up Version
This PDF package is for printing directly onto index cards. You will need the correct size and weight paper, as well as a printer that can handle 1/8 inch (3mm) margins. (Many printers only have 1/4 inch (6mm) margins, and will clip the edges of the forms.)
4-Up Version
This PDF package is for printing four adjacent cards onto regular letter-size (or A4) card stock, then cut using a guillotine or scissors. If you can't print onto regular index cards without clipping, this is probably your best option. (This is the package I personally use, and it works perfectly with a decent guillotine.)
Graphics Version
This package contains all 34 templates as graphic files (8-bit PNGs, to be exact). Choose this version if you want to use your own layout program, if you want to modify the forms in any way (including changing colours, margins or text), if you want to use your own preforated forms, or if you experience problems using the above PDF files with your printer. The graphics may be edited in any standard graphics application, like Photoshop or The Gimp (which is free), and layout can be done in OpenOffice Draw (free), Adobe InDesign, Microsoft Publisher, CorelDRAW or any number of other publishing programs. (See the accompanying instruction file for tips and license details.)

Please take the time to view the Hipster PDA Read Me, and see the Frequently Asked Questions if you experience any issues. You may also download other D*I*Y Planner Hipster PDA Add-On Templates.

Many thanks go out to all the D*I*Y Planner users who have provided valuable feedback over the past year, as well as to the uber-productivity mavens of the 43 Folders Google Group, whose advice --as always-- has been beyond compare.

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