Misc.

Reminder page for Covey Compact

Has 6 boxes to jot reminders. I am new at this, but this form helps me. It can be changed however it would be helpful. Thanks.

Usage advice: 

I use this as a quick place to jot down things I need to remember. I place a compact sheet in the upper left corner and draw around it.

Paper size: 
Other
License: 
Creative Commons
Applications required: 
Open Office or PDF reader
Language: 
English

Blog Action Day 2008: Poverty of Ideas

Blog Action Day 2008: PovertyWelcome to Blog Action Day 2008. Last year D*I*Y Planner participated with a post on recycling planners as a way to help out the environment. This year's topic revolves around poverty. Talk about a tough topic to write about. While I know many blogs are posting ideas about what poverty means to them; or ways to donate time, money, or energy to help those in need; my mind wanted to take a different turn on this topic. This isn't to say that human poverty is not important-- I do believe that it's important to do what we can to fight poverty in our own countries and help each other out. It's just my mind, and my muse, want to discuss something a bit different.

I want to briefly speak about the poverty of ideas. If poverty means, "the state of being poor," then I think we're currently in the midst of idea poverty. All around me I see ideas that are not thought out, poorly executed, or just don't seem to raise the quality of life or entertainment of our societies. Many ideas today aren't always the best ideas. Look at Hollywood, where movies are churned out based on the same old ideas (sequels and remakes), or based on someone else's ideas (graphic novels and books). To me, this is rehashing what has come before and while it may be a bit lucrative, it doesn't show our society pushing the edges of creativity. It's stifling and damaging to our creativity.

So what can we do to get over idea poverty? Well, as normal human beings we can stop falling into mass media for one thing. We spend too much time attached to our televisions or the internet (and believe me I'm guilty of this one a lot). They're feeding us patterns of belief and attainment that we can never really attain. We can also do the following:

Project Meeting Notes Template

A template to track notes from project meetings using the D*I*Y Planner OpenOffice Widget Kit.

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Usage advice: 

Use this form to track meetings, attendees, topics to discuss, and notes from topics. The form tracks meeting topics and project assignment. Conference rooms, conference call telephone numbers, and conference call meeting ID numbers can be entered as well.

Paper size: 
Letter
License: 
Creative Commons
Applications required: 
Adobe Acrobat Reader or OpenOffice Draw
Language: 
English - US

Doane Paper Style Notecard

Doane paper (available at doanepaper.com) is the perfect fusion of note paper and graph paper. I have been using Doane Paper for most of my note taking for the past year, as have many people around the web. Of course, we can't always have a letter-sized pad handy at all times. So I set out to create a note card sized version of Doane Paper.

This note card has lines every quarter of an inch (allowing generous writing space) and grid lines every eighth of an inch. The result is a single notecard that is both a lined note card and a graph paper note card.

Finally, this card features a 1/8" margin all the way around the card, allowing for a markings to the side of your writing/drawing.

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Usage advice: 

This note card is best printed using a color printer. I have posted a one up version of this card.

The writing lines are perfect for note taking and the grid lines make it easy to draw other forms, or just keep everything lined up.

Paper size: 
Index Card (3 x 5)
License: 
Creative Commons
Applications required: 
Acrobat reader, or any other PDF reader
Language: 
NA

College Map & Schedule

This is just a fairly quick form I put together to keep track of my college information, including a campus map, course schedule, and professors' contact information on one sheet. ODG and PDF files.

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Usage advice: 

This is my first template, but I'm almost positive I got all of the bugs out of it. I couldn't find anything similar, so I made my own. There must be other students here that this could be useful to.

PDF: The first page is a map of my campus, so it isn't going to be of much use unless you attend Oklahoma State. Page 2, however, isn't campus specific. I've posted the pdf so those of you who don't have OOo can still use the course information sheet.

ODG: Obviously, you can and should replace the map of my campus with a map of yours. In fact, edit and chop to your hearts content. As long as there's no profit being made, I don't particularly care. If you change this into something new and interesting, I would like to see it though!

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

Meal and Grocery List Planning Sheet

Streamline your Meal & Grocery Planning

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Usage advice: 

Use this sheet to do a quickly jott down a list of Dinners, lunches, snacks, breakfast items you would like over the next few days and then use that list to generate your grocery list. I like to plan out my meals 3 days at a time and this sheet allows me to easily do a sweep of what I want to eat for the week and what I need to buy to make it happen.

Quick simple but very helpful.

Paper size: 
Classic (5.5 x 8.5)
License: 
Creative Commons
Applications required: 
Anything that can open a pdf
Language: 
English

3x5 size Phone Message Pads

These telephone message pads will print on letter paper 3 up. You can also print them on Avery size 5388 Index Card stock.

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Usage advice: 

Print on perforated Index Card stock or print and use paper cutter. I like the bolder look that gets my attention better than common message pads do....

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

Review: The Adventures of Johnny Bunko

Last month, I was reading an article about Daniel Pink and how he went to Japan to study the art and culture surrounding Japanese comics, otherwise known as manga. He was interested in the format's popularity; this was a book format that people of all ages enjoyed reading. He studied the culture and the form to see how it could be applied to other disciplines successfully. The Adventures of Johnny Bunko is the result of that study. This introductory guide on life design and career planning in today's modern workplace uses the manga format to weave a story about a man who learns more about life and work in six easy lessons. It's a fast read, filled with entertaining scenarios, and some short but powerful ideas on how to get ahead in your career.

Mom Planner

This a combination of Mom style planners, made to suit me. I wanted spaces to track daily reminders (with check boxes), weekly household chores, menu planning, and weekly appts for my children & myself. In the photo you can see that I added some graphics on my copy, they were purchased and are not included in the template.

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Usage advice: 

My printer will not print to edge, so I print on legal size paper and cut to A5. You might be able to print directly onto A4 or you could print fit to page.

Paper size: 
Classic and A5
License: 
Creative Commons
Applications required: 
Microsoft Excel
Language: 
English