Time Management

It's a Student's Life

It's October. School's been in session for a few weeks, and assignments are starting to pile up. Before you and your GPA disappear under a pile of readings and assignments, find out how you can organize your life with a Hipster PDA: a pack of 3"x5" index cards that can fit into any starving student's budget.

If you escaped school years ago, read this story anyway. Maybe you can help a frantic frosh or swamped senior get back on track!

Satellite Action Card

The Satellite Action CardNote: a new version of this template is included in the DIY Planner 3 Hipster PDA Edition kit.

In my use of a medium-sized planner, there are three little issues that have often bothered me:

  • The occasional need to have a light-weight solution for on-the-go (e.g., shopping) that works well with my planner;
  • Using Next Actions (or Waiting For/etc.) lists within a weekly or monthly calendar spread, without flipping pages back and forth; and
  • Quickly finding a Next Actions list among the pages of my planner, since I have a lot of side tabs.

Introducing a new concept for the D*I*Y Planner kits: the Satellite Action Card. This is a way of addressing all the above, and giving people an option that bridges the gap between the portability of the Hipster PDA and the versatility of a regular planner.

The Beginner's Mind

From time to time, I'll be moving some of the more relevant posts from a million monkeys typing over to this blog. This is one of them. In a way, it's what led to DIYPlanner.com.


Search for the bullOften we must come full circle --to return to the very beginning-- in the efforts to renew ourselves. To do this, the years of rubbish accumulating in our minds need to be emptied periodically, lest we find ourselves with little room to move and breathe.

This is a little post about Zen. I'm not talking about the clichéd trend of recent years to denote every little amusing bit of human nature as Zen, nor the smug satisfaction of thinking one's excellence in a particular area is Zen, nor am I referring to the misconception tied to the existential angst of nothingness and futility as Zen. These are ridiculous, and only demonstrate one's ignorance of the philosophy. While I don't wish to define Zen here (and it defies verbal description anyway), I want to mention an important way it can help folks whose minds are cluttered by years of intellectual analysis. (Well, it helped me.) I'm talking here about the beginner's mind.

Keeping in Touch

Thumbnail of contact log Address books frustrate me. They never give me enough space. I don't want to just keep track of contact information. I want to know the last time I got in touch with someone and what our conversation was about. I want to know people's birthdays so that I can send them cards. I want to write down lots of little details about people.

When I found the Contact Log form in the D*I*Y Planner Classic kit, I knew I wasn't the only person with stalker-ish tendencies. The Contact Log form's great: plenty of space for notes and a built-in conversation tracker. Using one sheet per person means you can arrange your contacts in any way you want, instead of being confined to the usual alphabetic order.

D*I*Y Planner Calendar Pack (Letter/A4)

Official letter-sized editions of the Classic Calendar Pack. Almost 60 pages of planner pages, including Daily, Weekly, Monthly and Yearly templates.

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Usage advice: 

Please see the [linked page](/templates/official/letter/calendar).

Paper size: 
Letter and A4
License: 
Creative Commons
Applications required: 
PDF Reader (Adobe Reader, Mac OS X Preview)
Language: 
English

D*I*Y Planner 2.5 Calendar, Letter/A4 Edition

Q: What do you get when you leave the D*I*Y Planner Calendar Classic templates alone for a couple of weeks with a pantry stocked with junk food?

A: They almost double in size. [The same applies to the template designer! - DJ]

The DIYPlanner.com team is very pleased to announce our first templates in Letter and A4 size: The D*I*Y Planner Calendar Package 2.5, Letter/A4 Edition.

Included here are all the templates from the Classic Calendar package, including:

  • Day Keepers, marked and unmarked
  • Weekly planners, in five different styles
  • Unmarked monthly planners, in both Sun-Sat and Mon-Sun weeks
  • Marked monthly planners, Sept 2005 - Dec 2006, Sun-Sat (my head is still spinning)
  • Yearly Reference, 2005-2006
  • Yearly Planning, 2005-2006 Academic Year (Aug 2005 - Jul 2006)

Almost 60 pages in all, designed to fit your Letter- or A4-size planner.

These templates are based on the Classic size templates by Douglas Johnston and ported to Letter/A4 by me, eric Farris. I have tried to make these templates utilize the added space of the new size and formatting as effectively as possible: it's not just simple resizing of the Classic templates, but rather a complete overhaul for the new layouts.

These templates should be considered a draft release in preparation for the final release of D*I*Y Planner 3.0 and thus formatting and design may change somewhat. Please let me know of any problems you find or suggestions you may have regarding this release.

As with the Classic edition, this is released under the terms of a Creative Commons Non-Commercial No-Derivatives License (see the legalese), which means mainly that you can't commercially print or distribute it. (Personal use within a commercial environment is fine.)

Downloads:

A4 Week to View (Vertically) with Notes

The whole week runs down the page, with notes / to-do / action list space.

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Usage advice: 

I keep this in a regular A4 binder; the current week follows me around when not at my desk, the past is filed.

I am working on making this template in OpenOffice ala D.I.Y planner, and resizing for the pocket Moleksine.

I originally created this after seeing the diary on the BBC, Speed Up Slow Down programme.

Paper size: 
A4
License: 
Creative Commons
Applications required: 
Anything that prints Gifs
Language: 
English

How Do You Keep Track of Your Goals?

How do you keep track of your goals?

I'm a big fan of long-range planning because planning helps me consciously choose what to do instead of just react to whatever life gives me. I like thinking about who I want to be and what I want to do in the future. With a clear picture of what I want, I can then figure out what I need to do in order to make that a reality.

Week on a Page

I've compressed the line space of the D*I*Y weekly template, and added time slots to the calendar. This works to better display the 'hardscape' and also to fit smaller writing styles.

Usage advice: 

This page was designed for people like me who write small (the line spaces are only .19"), and for those like me who need to view the day laid out (the hardscape) visually, so that time gaps for running through the inbox or processing lists are readily apparent. The layout is front and back printing, so works good for those who keep the calendar separate from the lists, or for those that like to keep an actions list opposite the calendar page.

Made with the D*I*Y Planner Widget Kit.

Paper size: 
Classic (5.5 x 8.5)
License: 
Creative Commons
Applications required: 
PDF Reader (Adobe Reader, Mac OS X Preview)
Language: 
English