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The Da Vinci Code 2: Leonardo's Planner

My picture nameI've been thinking a lot about Leonardo da Vinci lately. It seems like everywhere you turn, there's Leonardo, being amazing and inscrutable. Oh well, it could be worse. A few years ago, everywhere you turned you saw Leonardo di Caprio, looking --apparently-- amazing, but being almost completely scrutible. So things are looking up. At Meghan's prodding, I just finished reading The Da Vinci Code, and I'm now reading a book called How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci. To top it off, they apparently just uncovered da Vinci's secret studio. Yes sir, Leonardo's hot again and I'm getting in on the action. So here I present my first draft for a sequal to The Da Vinci Code, The Da Vinci Code 2, in which they discover da Vinci's D*I*Y Planner and Robert Langdon is inadvertently drawn into another adventure just in time for Christmas hard-cover sales.

Overcoming the Post-Project Blues

Picasso - The Old GuitaristHaving finally pushed the big D*I*Y Planner 3.0 out the door, I'm facing the big post-project comedown. You probably know the score: you've invested days or weeks or months of time, effort and thought into a project, whereupon it's become a central focus of your existence... and now it's over.

First, the positive emotions hit. There's relief, knowing that it's done, the pressures are all gone, and now you can move on to something new and exciting. There's joy at the thought of rest, a time of regrouping and renewing one's vigor after the seemingly endless sessions when you bordered on complete exhaustion. And, of course, there's that emotional high, soaring with the satisfaction of a job well-done, a culmination of your blood, sweat and tears made manifest and ready for its intended use or audience.

But then there's the negative emotions trailing close behind. All of a sudden, there's a loss of motivation: when your object of devotion is no more, what becomes of your sense of purpose, or even identity? This is often followed by minor depression, your ego groping in the darkness for something to latch onto. Confusion sets in -- all you have now is a vague sense of other potential projects and goals, a compass swirling 'round wildly, with no firm direction in which to point. Then there's the danger of lethargy, your much-anticipated rest period stretching gradually from restlessness into a complete loss of focussed energy.

So, what to do?

Student Tablet PC: OneNote Planner Plugin

D*I*Y Planner within OneNoteTracy Hooten over at The Student Tablet PC has created another Microsoft OneNote file for implementing the D*I*Y Planner templates within that environment: OneNote Planner Plug-In, v2.0. Not having MS OneNote handy (or a Windows box, for that matter), I hadn't actually been able to see what she was up to, till now -- Tracy actually provides us with a nice little Flash-based video telling users how to set up the templates within OneNote for use as stationery. It seems to be somewhat similar to the Mobile Computer article from a few months ago, but simpler and with the new DiyP3 designs. If I had a Tablet PC handy (*cough* got one you're not using? *cough*), I could certainly see using something like this. Not that I'm biased, you understand....

Nice job, Tracy!

DiyP3 2-Ups Now Released

Thanks once more to the efforts of Nate Howland, we now have 2-up versions of the Classic and A5 sizes. You can use these to print on regular letter-size or A4 paper if you don't have a printer capable of native Classic or A5 size, and then you can slice the pages in half.

Find them in the regular download section of the D*I*Y Planner 3.0 release page.

Note that these work best if you set the printer to print landscape rather than let Acrobat rotate them. And tell it not to scale, please!

Please report any problems by commenting on this post, and we'll try our best to rectify them.

Ask Steve: Your New Productivity Advice Column

My picture nameGreetings all. As Doug rightly pointed out below, I have been taking my own advice and practicing Not Getting Things Done. It's a terrific system, except when... ya know... you actually have to get things done... as it were. Then it sort of fails on several levels. So, here we are with the first installment of a brand-new column: Ask Steve: Answering All The Productivity Questions You Were Afraid To Ask A Sane Person.

Opening up the old D*I*Y Planner male bag... sorry, mail bag... I don't know why I always get that one wrong. Dyslexics of the world, Untie! Anyway, opening the old mail bag, our first productivity question is from Mr. Ernest. A. Smith of Cambridge Massechus... Massechusit... Massuchesuets... Boston!, who writes:

"Ever since downloading D*I*Y Planner 3 and being very impressed with its innate impressiveness, I have been almost evangelically trying to convert people who use other systems, both digital and paper-based, to its use. I have received generally favourable feedback, but I do have a problem. My wife is starting to complain that we never do anything spontaneous or, well, unplanned, anymore and threatened that if I don't stop trying to get her to use the D*I*Y Planner Calendar Pack to organize our last-minute romantic getaways, she is going to smother me in my sleep with a pillow. What should I do?"

PigPog: Moleskines vs Filofax Cost Comparisons

PigPogAs a general rule of thumb, we tend not to link too much to other sites, as there are other places (like LifeHack.org) that do a far better job of keeping on top of these things. But seeing as how our dear friend Steve is yet again practicing his Not Getting Things Done ;-), I thought I'd take this moment to point you folks at an interesting D*I*Y Planner -related post at PigPog. Michael has been recently trying a number of different methods of being productive, weighing mainly a Moleskine against a Filofax, and has created a cost comparison between the two.

PigPog, for those of you not familiar with the site, is a great blog that also concentrates on productivity and creativity, and it's on my daily reading list. On a personal note, I'd like to congratulate Michael (aka pigpogm) and Sam (aka pigpogs) on their impending nuptuals. He actually proposed online, in a blog entry. Fortunately, she accepted, also online. Those crazy kids....

Sensing vs Intuition in Organisations

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Alice and Harry go to see a counselor for help. Alice says that she is fed up with Harry’s unrealistic approach to life. "Why just the other day," she said, "I was looking after the bills and I said 'we have only $10 in the bank!' Do you know what he said? He just leaned back in his chair and said, 'Wouldn’t it be lovely to go to Bermuda for a vacation?' How could he say that? I said, 'Don’t be stupid! I just said we have only $10 in the bank!'"

Harry jumps in: "I didn’t mean that we should try to go there now. I just meant what I said -- wouldn’t it be lovely to go there for a vacation?"

"But why say such a stupid thing?" Alice responds.

"I was daydreaming, that's all."

"That is what he does all the time," said Alice. "He spends all his time in the clouds. I don’t understand how he can be so unrealistic." This is an example of sensing and intuition at war, differences which sometimes lead to divorce. And, strangely enough, the same issues arise in business, with most of the same symptoms and types of consequences.

Site Updates 06/02/15

Just a little grab-bag of notes to let you kind folks know what's going on, and when.

  • Well, despite the links on 43 Folders, LifeHacker.com and del.icio.us/popular, our server is still holding up. We've had about 263,455 visits since the announcement three days ago. There have been approximately 128,989 downloads counting all the kit packages, of which 41,614 downloads are the core package(s). Those numbers don't include today's counts. I'd venture to call this launch a success. :-) (On a related note, I'd also venture to consider our choice of Drupal for DIYPlanner.com to be a good one. Thanks, eric!)
  • The handbook and other site docs are currently in a state of upheaval as I edit them. They're mostly finished, but expect additions, deletions and modifications over the next few days.
  • A couple of people have noted problems with the DiyP3 Calendar A5 file being corrupted. I (and a few other helpers) have not been able to duplicate this problem, and frankly, I'm a little baffled. I'm looking for a little feedback here: can anyone share their experiences with this file? (Success, failure, issues, solutions....)
  • You may have noted that we've been rather inconsistent with our daily postings here at DIYPlanner.com. While a few of the writers may still be delayed due to some personal issues, most of us have been tied up with DiyP3. With that out of the way, things should be getting back to normal soon, I hope.
  • The production of some 2-up files for DiyP3 is underway, and hopefully they'll appear shortly. They'll be announced on the main page, so you'll know.
  • In a couple of weeks, I'll be starting on the Hipster PDA Edition, version 3.0. At that time, I'll make another call for volunteers to give me a hand in proofing and testing. If you're interested, stay tuned for the call.
  • To any people who have been expecting email from me, please be patient. I have at least a few hundred messages to catch up on, in between bouts of recuperation. If you don't hear from me within a week, please feel free to contact me again, unless you have an exciting offer related to a mortgage, diploma, or a body part unmentionable in polite company.

Whew. Onwards.

Water/Sleep Tracker

Keep track of glasses of water and number of hours of sleep with this Hipster PDA template.

Usage advice: 

Use this template to keep track of your water intake and sleep! Each card conveniently holds a week of data. Mark glasses of water as you drink them, and hours slept when you wake up. Connect daily columns with lines in order to see trends over a week, and lay several cards side-by-side to see trends over longer periods of time.

(As you can see, I've not been getting enough sleep or water lately... Meep!)

Paper size: 
Index Card (3 x 5)
Creative Commons
Applications required: 
PDF Reader (Adobe Reader, Mac OS X Preview) / PNG Viewer