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D*I*Y Planner Advice

Here you'll find various documents related to the use of the D*I*Y Planner templates, as well as general advice on keeping your planner happy and fulfilled.

Cornell Notes in OneNote

Modified Cornell Notes Method for Microsoft OneNote

Usage advice: 

Save as Stationary and set as default for that section (New from Stationary, right-click)

Paper size: 
Letter
License: 
Creative Commons
Applications required: 
Microsoft OneNote
Language: 
English

Unofficial Projects & Tasks Templates for Excel

A series of Excel spreadsheets designed for project and task management. May be used digitally or in print.

Usage advice: 

Allows you to type it up and copy/paste for status reports.

Microsoft Excel spreadsheets...
- Print them out blank to write on during the day.
- Occasionally type them up (helps clean up the data too!)
- Copy/Paste to create a Weekly Status or Project Tasks report.

These are my personal forms and are regularly changed. They are not "production" ready and may need some tweaking. They are also better on a color printer since I use mostly red and blue pens.

Note: I was able to open in OOo Chart, copy/paste into Draw (8.5x11), and then still edit with colors, but it would need a bit of cosmetic tweaking.

Paper size: 
Letter
License: 
Creative Commons
Applications required: 
Microsoft Excel
Language: 
English

The Lost Art

About two months ago, I was sitting in a Tim Horton's (as many Canadians are wont to do), sipping on an extra-large double-double and pouring through my Day Runner. I was processing my Inbox, correlating my notes, jotting down ideas for this site, making little sketches for layout, and generally chilling out to the rhythm of the air conditioner above my head mingled with some half-remembered tune. Three tables away, a 20-something was tapping away at his Sony Vaio, and every now and then, he would stop and stare ruefully at the laptop's screen, as if he were pondering where next to nudge the direction of world affairs. During one of these pauses, he stopped and looked in my direction. The sight of my old-fashioned planner seemed to evoke something akin to haughtiness in his cocked eyebrow, and he resumed his imperial air whilst he turned yet again to the grave matter before him.

A Special Note [Depreciate Febuary 11th 2006]

"GTD" and Getting Things Done are references to the excellent organisational system and book by David Allen. Note also that the implementation of the methods outlined in this document are inspired by his system, but are not necessarily representative of it. If you are interested in using these templates or following these instructions, and are unfamiliar with GTD, please buy the book and learn the methodologies for yourself, then come back to this package and use whatever is suitable for your personal situation. Likewise, certain templates are based upon the writings of Stephen R. Covey, and especially The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People and First Things First: if you wish to make the most out of those templates, I highly recommend buying these books. (See the Essential Links section to purchase them at Amazon.com.)

Recommended Readings

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Want To Help?

Interested in helping your fellow man or woman become better organised? Have some interesting advice to share, or an inspirational image to help them along the way? Know any sure-fire tips for journalling and other creative paper pursuits? We'd like to hear from you.

DIYPlanner.com is a community site, and we're always looking for people wanting to contribute. Some ideas:

If you have any other ideas, like documents you'd like to see (or write!), please don't hesitate to contact Douglas Johnston. After all, we're all here to help each other.

Templates

One of our goals for this site is to foster a place where folks can get the latest and greatest templates covering everything from creating an effective time management strategy to jump-starting one's creativity. Besides the official D*I*Y Planner gear below, you'll find an excellent repository of contributions from our readers.

D*I*Y Planner Classic/A5 Add-Ons

These are various forms and interim collections which have not yet been added to a formal release package.

If you've noticed a form here in the past that has disappeared, it's probably been finalised and included in an official release, so head on over to D*I*Y Planner 3.0 Classic/A5 Edition to get the latest version of all those templates.