Creativity

"Terrible Twos" Greatest Hits: Innowen's Picks

A lot can be said about DIYPlanner.com. When I applied for the position of Creativity Writer, I had no idea where this job would go. I had no idea how long I'd be able to write articles for one single site. And yet, here I am... still churning out ideas and coming up with weekly inspirations for you all to feed upon. I'm amazed that after two years I'm still able to write and provide all sorts of new ideas to share and inspire you. Two years is a long time. Our little team and this site has seen large amounts of growth over the years. When I first started, I wrote off a list of ideas that I generated with Doug and in brainstorming systems. Once an idea was finished, I ticked them off my list. Even after all this time, I feel I've barely scratched the surface. My list, as well as my hPDA still has ideas for me to work on and with.

Of course, you have also been sources of inspiration for what I write about. There are times when I plot out what I'll be writing about, only to be derailed by conversations with members or threads found buried in our forums. The feedback I receive on my articles and your discussions and ideas in the forums also suggest new ideas and areas to write about. It's fun to see how you all interpret the ideas and mutate them into something wonderfully original. I love reading about everyone's triumphs and insights into what you all use and do to keep yourself motivated and organized.

As Doug and Sard have done before me, here's my choices for my five best or most memorable articles over the past two years.

The Colors of Productivity

If your work had a color, what would it be? Would it be as brown as the bomber jacket portfolio you sling under your arm as you walk to a meeting? Or perhaps it's translucent blue, to match the PDA you deftly slid into your bag? about the color fountain pen one uses? Have you ever thought about why you're drawn to a particular marble color on your fountain pen? Is it a marble patterned red with sparks of gold? Or a calmer, more royal purple? This article explores the colors of productivity and what they mean and say about you.

The primary colors of productivity include black, brown, cream, green, blue and red. Bold, yet subtle, these color choices can be found across most businesses around the world.

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.

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.

Writing Letters to Get Your Words Flowing

Writing is a personal act, sometimes overwhelmingly so. How one moves through their mental landscape to turn ideas into words onscreen or on paper is, so I've read, different for everyone, and not often done with ease. Some writers take a hundred pages to clear their throats, and churn out thousands of words a day with great regularity, while others agonize over every sentence and create only a few works in a lifetime. Many of us, I suspect, have a more difficult time than we'd like sitting down and covering pages with our stories, our essays, or our poetry.

The Portable Writing Desk

I write all the time; for my occupation, for pleasure, for daily communication. When the purpose is functional, or as part of a workday's activities, it's straightforward to begin putting words in order, moving toward a collection of thoughts that achieves a certain goal. It's only when I want to write something less well-defined, with a more personal purpose such as exploring a world that exists only inside my imagination, that there seems to be difficulty in getting the words out. So I approach the whole thing sideways - I write letters. The act of picking up a pen and creating a narrative, with the intention of sharing a moment or a string of thoughts with someone I know, has made it easier to write other things as well.

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.

Hand Drawn

Hand drawn and stamped planner pages!
Daily record, Goals, Ideas, Monthly Plan, ToDo, Notes and misc.

Thumbnail: 
daily_record.jpg
Usage advice: 

Letter sized, 3-ring binder

Paper size: 
Letter
License: 
Creative Commons
Applications required: 
Adobe Acrobat
Language: 
English

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.

Character Classic 2-Up

This was something I needed.
I took the Character form from the Hipster PNG Image set, and put it into a MS Word file, Made it bigger, and put 2 of them. I made it in about 10 minutes, so it isn't that great, but I needed it (my first attempt at making a form and my first upload, by the way).
Anyway, Feel free to use it.
- Chris :)

Usage advice: 

Use it just like the regular Character template.

Paper size: 
Classic (5.5 x 8.5)
License: 
Creative Commons
Applications required: 
Made in Microsoft Word, You Can Probably Use any Program that supports .doc
Language: 
English