Time Management

My version of the Planner Pad

I've liked the Planner Pad layout for a long time, but found the actual PlannerPad paper left much to be desired, the ink felt too newspaper-ish and the whole thing overall was just too big and bulky. So I had to come up with my own version. It was designed to fit only Monday-Friday on a page, as that suited my purposes at work best (and then I just put my calendar printout from Outlook on the opposite side). Somewhere along the way I did create a two-page version, but didn't like how it turned out so don't use it. Anyway, just thought I'd share in case someone else found it useful. Fonts are attached as well.

Thumbnail: 
PlannerPadCopy.jpg
Usage advice: 

Install fonts to get full effect as shown in thumbnail.

Paper size: 
Letter
License: 
Creative Commons
Applications required: 
MS Word 2003
Language: 
English

Levenger Multitask Organizer - Junior

My recreation of the new Levenger Multitask Organizer - I wanted to see if I liked the format before paying for the official versions. Refills are in my approximation of Junior size (it's really just two halves of a Letter sized document, but that was close enough for me). Word does add an extra blank page that I can't seem to get rid of - so only print page 1.

Thumbnail: 
LevMultOrg-JnrShort.jpg
Usage advice: 

Print out, cut in half, punch with Circa punch. The End. MS Word 97-2003 compatible.

Paper size: 
Classic (5.5 x 8.5)
License: 
Creative Commons
Applications required: 
MS Word 2003
Language: 
English

Levenger Multitask Organizer - Letter

I really liked the new Levenger Multitask Organizer setup, but wanted to see how it would work in Letter size (which is what I use at work). This is my attempt to recreate the look and feel of Levenger's form in MS Word.

Thumbnail: 
LevMultOrg-LtrShort.jpg
Usage advice: 

Uh - print out and punch? :-) It was saved as MS Word 97-2003 compatible and designed to take up two pages (meant to be open facing each other). I also created a version with all seven days on one page, but the columns were very narrow and it just didn't feel right. If anyone wants to see it I can post it as well.

Paper size: 
Letter
License: 
Creative Commons
Applications required: 
MS Word 2003 and up
Language: 
English

Filofax Project Planner

Filofax Project Planner Page. Presented here as an A4 page, but it will scale to A5 and other sizes/formats

Thumbnail: 
ProjectPlannerFront.jpg
Usage advice: 

Print it as is, or booklet print it to create an A5 format page.

Paper size: 
A4
License: 
Creative Commons
Applications required: 
MS Word, Acrobat Reader
Language: 
English

Meeting Planner

An old Filofax page that is no longer available. Presented here in A4 format but scalable to A5 or other formats.

Thumbnail: 
MeetingPlannerFront.jpg
Usage advice: 

Edit to suit or print as it is.

Paper size: 
A4
License: 
Creative Commons
Applications required: 
MS Word or Acrobat Reader
Language: 
English

A Peek in the Pack

Day Runner + D*I*Y Planner

So, a few people have emailed me about my current productivity tools. They want to know if I'm using Circa, if I've given up on fountain pens, if I ever use software, and so on. One even deduced that the reason for my absence from DIYPlanner was because I had crossed from analog completely into the digital world. The latter is certainly not the case, and my forays into the land o' ones and zeroes have typically resulted in my throwing up my hands in frustration, wondering how some people live without paper. (Keep in mind I'm an IT professional and gadget freak, so I don't say this lightly.)

So, read on for a little summary of my daily gear at the moment....


2009 Weekly Calendar 2up English pdf version

pdf version of the 2009 weekly calendar 2up english version...

Usage advice: 

however you would like.

Paper size: 
Classic (5.5 x 8.5)
License: 
Creative Commons
Applications required: 
adobe
Language: 
English

One Page Per Day - Classic

This is the classic size of the one page per day I had uploaded earlier. The look is a little different since I created it with Open Office instead of MS Word.

Thumbnail: 
Screenshot-one page per day classic.pdf.png
Usage advice: 

Print on one side of the paper, turn it upside down and print on the other side.

Paper size: 
Classic and A5
License: 
Creative Commons
Applications required: 
Adobe and a printer
Language: 
english

Q&D 2 page per day calendar

I use the 2-page system with simple scheduling & task lists on one page and a diary page on the other for various things, such as daily meeting notes. I've found the stuff on the site very interesting - but one of my frustrations has been trying to get calendar pages printed correctly. The Dynamic Templates app is pretty good, but personally I think it needs some refinement - after trying to make it print usable pages, I gave up & created this very simple page setup for a generic, undated calendar & diary page using OpenOffice's Calc (spreadsheet application).

It's black & white, and pretty plain looking - I'm printing on a B&W laser, so I didn't want color. However, it's easy enough to customize this, as well as editing the fields for time of day (my shift starts at 7AM). Granted, it's not very flashy - I also worked a bit with the DIY kit, but found it cumbersome to work with - but it does what it's supposed to do.

Feel free to customize it any way you see fit, and please upload any cool variations for others.

Thumbnail: 
daily calendar page.png
Usage advice: 

Note that this will print pages with the schedule on the right-hand page, while the diary is on the left. This works for me, but it's backwards from the Day Timer page I patterned this after.

[EDIT] If you want it the other way around, then I suggest adjusting the inner & outer columns. Notice that the image has the wider margins (1/2") on the outer edges of the page. If you make them smaller, and then make the center columns on either side of the cut line 1/2" wide, you should be good to go. The two 8-1/2" x 11" pages are created vertically (i.e. scroll down to see page 2) so your changes should reflect on both pages if you work with columns.

FYI, I made it 2 pages so I could easily do duplex printing.

Also, row height should be .25" all the way down.

Paper size: 
Classic (5.5 x 8.5)
License: 
Creative Commons
Applications required: 
OpenOffice
Language: 
English