About This Site

Productivity and Passion is a community site whose focus is on paper-based productivity, planning, journalling and creative techniques. Here you will find the official D*I*Y Planner kits, as well as daily articles, scores of useful templates, handbooks and how-to's, forums for discussing productivity in its many forms, images to clad your planners or inspire you, and so much more.

The rules are simple: be nice, try to help each other, and don't be afraid of sharing your advice, no matter how wacky or unorthodox it may be. After all, inspiration may lurk in the least obvious places, even for something as seemingly mundane as time management.

We encourage sharing and creativity above all else. Feel free to discuss matters in the forums. If you've created a template you'd like to offer other users, submit it. Have a favorite photograph you think people would like on their planner covers? Upload it. Interested in writing a guest post? Have a unique kit that you think would inspire others? No problem: that's what we're here for. is a non-profit venture. All the writers and editors are volunteers: we're doing this because we love the subject matter. We also think that the opportunities for continuing to use paper for productivity and creative possibilities are endless, and that this site provides opportunities for making the most out of your life, your work, and your ideas. We hope you agree.

D*I*Y Planner Kits

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The D*I*Y Planner is a system of do-it-yourself, printable forms in several different sizes and layouts, including Classic (5.5x8.5"), A5, and Hipster PDA (3x5" index cards). There are over a hundred different templates currently available, covering time management, project planning, creative uses, David Allen's Getting Things Done, and miscellaneous checklist and note-taking uses.

CoverThis system was created and is maintained by Douglas Johnston, and it is released under the terms of a Creative Commons Non-Commercial No-Derivatives License (unless otherwise noted). Please read the documentation if you have any questions.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have questions about the D*I*Y Planner you'd like answered, and you cannot find the answer here, please let us know.


This is our little document repository, the home of handbooks, official readme files, submission guidelines, FAQs, and so forth. If you're looking for information about our site or the D*I*Y Planner products, you'll find them here.

D*I*Y Planner Documents Site Documents

Taking It Further

Still To Come

  • Template Designer's Guide

D*I*Y Planner Handbook [Depreciate Febuary 11th 2006]

D*I*Y Planner 2.0 Handbook

Text and template designs

©2004-2005 Douglas Johnston

Welcome to the D*I*Y Planner Handbook, which currently covers version 2.0 of the Classic (5.5x8.5") and A5 versions, as well as some of the material of the Hipster PDA Edition (see the Hipster PDA Edition ReadMe to see relevant additions).

Please note that we have moved the Frequently Asked Questions and the Rights, Disclaimers and Distribution sections to their own locations outside of the handbook.