Analog / Digital

DIY Luddites!

Getting Things Green
Henry here again, filling in for my son Steve, who's still working on a backlog of work. Or so he claims. With the nice beach weather they've been having, I suspect the only thing he's working on is his fifth margarita, but we'll just have to take him at his word.

Perhaps the Luddites were right. Perhaps I should explain.

I was shaving the other day when my mind flashed back to a day when I watched my uncle shave. He looked back at me from the other side of the mirror. It was quite a ritual. And like all good rituals, it only happened at special times.

Review: Renaissance Art's Moleskine and Index Card Cover

Leather products these days are a sign of upper class and longevity. Who doesn't like the fresh smell of leather and its cool, slick feel? I know that when I want to show off my elegant and classier sides with my productivity toys (whether at work or at home) I turn to leather to give my journals a facelift. Enter Renaissance Art. This small company, based in New Mexico, builds hand-made leather products. They produce a wide variety of handmade journals, bags and cases.

Recently, Renaissance Art added a few new products to their line. Products that a lot of us on D*I*Y Planner have been drooling about. I'm here to tell you about my experience with just one of these new products, the Moleskine Cover with Single 3x5 Card Case for a pocket-sized Moleskine. Bottom line, I think this little product is worth adding a touch of protection, class and usability to your Moleskine.

I purchased a two-tone Moleskine Cover with Single 3x5 card case from Renaissance Art a few months ago. This little gem is the perfect cover and companion to any small pocket-sized journal. It's made of rugged leather so has that worn in and well loved look. This little case combines my two passions into one location: index cards and journalling. Opening the case exposes a slide in area for index cards on the left side and easy access to journal on the right.

Guest Posters

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Tips and Tricks to Uncover What Works for You

This article series explores, in depth, the paper-based and electronic tools and methodologies I use to keep my busy and active life wrangled and in order. Two weeks ago, we explored all what makes up my paper based system. Last week I showed you what apps and techniques work for me in the digital realm. Today I'm answering the question: what does it take to integrate concepts to make a cohesive system that works for you? Keep reading, my answers may surprise you.

I figure its taken me about two years to come up with the system I currently use these days. What started out as a gross infatuation with planning forms and index cards has turned into a living, morphing system that helps me get everything I need every day accomplished. Believe me, it's no easy feat! Sometimes I wish I had 10 more hours every day, in addition to a few naps. But since I can't be like my cats, here's some tips and tricks to help you explore the various paper and electronic tools that can help you be more productive.

What Works for Me: Digital Edition

This article series explores, in depth, the paper-based and electronic tools and methodologies I use to keep my busy and active life wrangled and in order. Last week I wrote a lengthy exposition about my paper-based methodology and toys. This week it's open house in my computer. I'm going to show you what I do electronically and the toys I use to keep my digital life in order. We'll talk about my system methodologies first. Then I'll share with you some select Mac-based and online tools that keep me productive and organized when I'm on the computer. These are the tools and toys I use daily to get a whole lot done. Next week, I'll give you tips on how to merge your paper and electronic worlds to make your own DIY system. So welcome to my toys and my mind. I hope you enjoy seeing what I use to get everything done.

What Works for Me

I’m a curious person. I enjoy learning about what makes us productive and have spent countless hours scouring the web for the best and ideas. I then incorporate these tips into my own methodology and systems, only to begin anew when the next "cool" toy passes across my radar. I’m sure many of you also enjoy seeing what others use and how they use it. So welcome to my toys and my mind. I hope you enjoy seeing what I use to get everything done.

This article series explores, in depth, the paper-based and electronic tools and methodologies I use to keep my busy and active life wrangled and in order. These are the tools and toys I use daily to get a whole lot done. This week I’ll explore my paper-based methodology and the collection of toys first. Next week, I'll open up my digital life and show you all the gadgets and software. Finally, in three weeks, I'll give you tips on how to merge your paper and electronic worlds to make your own DIY system.

Without a Net

It was in the dead of last Monday night when an overly dramatic storm let loose the loudest thunderclap I had ever heard. I barely had time to leap up in bed when the lightning bolt crashed somewhere just outside our house, and I then knew what ozone smelled like. While power was eventually restored by eight in the morning, the Internet equipment connecting our entire block has been sitting in a pitiable state, fried and waiting for its replacement to be shipped. The practical upshot of all this, of course, is that I have been (and still remain) without Net access at home for over a week.

To say I've been restless and confused would be an understatement. I've been online, first through BBSes, QualtumLink and DataPac, for nigh on 25 years. Between work and home, I spend probably in access of 80 hours a week online. It's my way of communicating with the world outside of the Northwest Territories, it's how I bank, it's how I check the news and weather, and it's how I figure things out. Without it, I've had to re-establish ties with the world as it used to be (at least for me).

The Ant And The Grasshopper: Planning For The Future

Planning For The Future
Greetings, Henry here, helping you get in touch with your inner ant. Usually my son Steve writes in this space, but I'll be filling his spot this week. He tells me that he's digging himself out from a under huge pile of work, though I suspect he may actually be digging himself out from under a huge pile of sand, at the beach. In any event, I'll be filling in this week with some thoughts about why many of us repeatedly fail to do the practical thing.

It struck me watching TV this morning that Aesop and Suze Orman, the financial planning guru, have something in common. Stories. Aesop wrote fables around 2600 years ago. Many of them we've all read. However, this story, "The Ant and the Grasshopper", brought to mind about how much it has in common with financial planning and saving for the future. These are the things I think about when I'm home alone.

Call for Writers

Regulars readers have no doubt noticed summer postings here on DIYPlanner are a little on the slow side. Due to a variety of factors, ranging from new jobs and contracts to bouts of illness to the usual urgency of taking advantage of short summers (especially in the subarctic), we're facing a bit of lull right now. But, hey, that's a bit of an opportunity for budding wordsmiths.

So, I'd like to issue a new call for writers. If you have any ideas for articles about productivity, notebooks, pens, forms/templates, creative techniques, journalling, or reviews that fit into our subject matter, and would like to appear on our site, please use my contact form to drop me a line. (Remember to become a site member first!) Tell me what you'd like to write about, and what approach you'd like to take. We'll be happy to work with you by editing and massaging your piece until it's ready for publication. Thus, writing experience would be great, but it's not as important as your desire to write and to contribute to our little community.

Good luck, folks, and we're looking forward to hearing from you!