Workshop

v1: Two Pages Per Day (deprecated)

This application has been replaced by Dynamic Templates v2.x: The Next Generation. Please use the link to the left

This is the next installment of the Digital Templates, a series of cross platform applications that should ease the load on the folks who make calendar templates.

This program generates two-page daily templates based upon the settings you choose (dates, margins, and so forth), and uses the basic D*I*Y Planner look and feel as developed by Douglas Johnston. On the left side of the spread is a daily page, dated, with three mini-calendars, an appointments section, a task list, and an expenses area. On the right page is a daily journal for notes and other important information.

This is multi-platform software. Below are download links for pre-built, static, binary applications for both Windows and Mac OS X as well as the source code. Through the Nordic Magic of the Qt Libraries, both of these applications were built from the same source code. This source can be built on any platform supported for Qt 4.3, including Linux.

Here's a shot of the Mac version:



Make a Life-map of Achievements

Looking back at my life, I sometimes get so bogged down in the day to day activities that I forget all the good and wonderful things I have done in my life. Sometimes, I need to be reminded of my accomplishments to help get me out of a funk. That's why I sometimes keep a list of all the accomplishments laying around. However, while playing with my mind mapping software, I came up with an alternative idea for visually keeping track of my accomplishments. I call it my Life-map of Achievements.

Keeping such a list can help improve a blue monday mood as well as can also give your life meaning and focus. Have you ever wanted to see a roadmap of all your achievements? To hold in your hands a single representation of every proud moment in your life? In creating your own Life-map of Achievements, you can take stock of what you have done so you can get ideas for what all you could do tomorrow, next year and in the rest of your life. All you need to make one of these tools is your memory, some pencils, pens or crayons, a big piece of paper for space and a little working knowledge of how to create a mind map.

v1: Two Pages per Year (deprecated)

This application has been replaced by Dynamic Templates v2.x: The Next Generation. Please use the link to the left

This is the next installment of the Digital Templates, a series of cross platform applications that should ease the load on the folks who make calendar templates. This program generates two-page annual templates based upon the settings you choose (dates, margins, and so forth), and uses the basic D*I*Y Planner look and feel.

This is my implementation of the Academic Calendar. It is a way to overview an entire calendar year, not necessarily starting with January.

All Doug could say was...

Wow. I mean, wow.

This is multi-platform software. Below are download links for pre-built, static, binary applications for both Windows and Mac OS X as well as the source code. Through the Nordic Magic of the Qt Libraries, both of these applications were built from the same source code. This source can be built on any platform supported for Qt 4.3

Here's a shot of the Mac version:



v1: DIY Notes - One Page at a Time (deprecated)

This application has been replaced by Dynamic Templates v2.x: The Next Generation. Please use the link to the left

This is the yet another installment of the Digital Dynamic Templates, a series of cross platform applications that should ease the load on the folks who make templates. This program generates all the different "Notes" pages (like in this template collection) using the basic D*I*Y Planner look and feel.

  • Plain Lined
  • Plain Lined with a Grey Column
  • Grey Lined with a Grey Column
  • Cornell Notes (plain)
  • Cornell Notes with Grid and Lines
  • Grid
  • Dots

When I previewed these to Doug, he said:

Heh, soon you're going to give me no reason to update the DiyP at all.
Of course, that might make me very happy. ;-)

You betcha ! This will allow folks like Doug to move on to other tasks and eliminate the drudgery of producing multiple versions of the templates for all the different paper sizes.

This is multi-platform software. Below are download links for pre-built, static, binary applications for both Windows and Mac OS X as well as the source code. Through the Nordic Magic of the Qt Libraries, both of these applications were built from the same source code. This source can be built on any platform supported for Qt 4.3

Here's a shot of the Mac version:


Converting the DIY Planner hPDA Cards to fit a Franklin Covey Compact Size Planner

FC Compact DIYPlanner P1030657

D*I*Y Planner forms come in all sizes. However, one size we've needed has been the 6-hole compact size. These instructions and screenshots help you take the hPDA cards and resize them to fit the Franklin Covey Compact 6-hole planner. There are two "industry standard" sizes for the 6-hole planners: 3.75"x6.75" (Day Timer/Day Runner) and 4.25"x6.75" (Franklin Covey). And of course, many other companies out ther producing planners in roughly this size but the holes don't always match. I will build a version for the smaller 6-hole size page later on.

This process works best in Photoshop where you have the best control of image/canvas size. I wouldn't recommend trying it using Adobe Acrobat. (However I have heard that Acrobat 7 seems to have better features.) I do not know if this procedure works with other photo editing programs such as PaintShop Pro, Gimp or PrintMaster Gold. If you own those packages and are able to follow my instructions... feel free to test them out and let me know.

v1: Two Pages per Week (deprecated)

This application has been replaced by Dynamic Templates v2.x: The Next Generation. Please use the link to the left

This is the next installment of the Digital Templates, a series of cross platform applications that should ease the load on the folks who make calendar templates. This program generates two-page weekly templates based upon the settings you choose (dates, margins, and so forth), and uses the basic D*I*Y Planner look and feel.

I made a promise (you know who you are!) to do this two-page week layout next, and here it is.

This is multi-platform software. Below are download links for pre-built, static, binary applications for both Windows and Mac OS X as well as the source code. Through the Nordic Magic of the Qt Libraries, both of these applications were built from the same source code. This source can be built on any platform supported for Qt 4.3

Here's a shot of the Mac version:



v1: Two Pages per Month (deprecated)

This application has been replaced by Dynamic Templates v2.x: The Next Generation. Please use the link to the left

I am delighted and more than a bit proud to break ground on this new section for Dynamic Templates. With any luck, this effort will ease the load on the folks who make the templates that contain specific dates -- mainly calendar variants.

One approach to this is the "Mail Merge" concept that has been repeatedly discussed and is an excellent way to approach the problem. Here is a link to a very detailed set of instructions for creating a calendar that way.

However, I am a programmer by trade and I like creating software solutions to the problems. Rather than overprinting a static form, I have created software to draw it on the fly, allowing for more variation and customization that cannot happen with a static form. In this month-based template that debuts here, the days that are not part of the displayed month are printer in a lighter shade of grey to emphasize the days of the displayed month, much like the official D*I*Y Planner forms.

This is multi-platform software. Below are download links for pre-built, static, binary applications for both Windows and Mac OS X as well as the source code. Through the Nordic Magic of the Qt Libraries, both of these applications were built from the same source code. This source can be built on any platform supported for Qt 4.3

Here's a shot of the Mac version:

Dynamic Templates

These templates are generated dynamically from various applications, and so can be changed or manipulated by programs as noted.

Note: "deprecated" refers to software features that are superseded and should be avoided

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.