Reference

Correspondence Tracker

I created this vertical 3x5 card to keep track of information about my pen pals. The top section is for the snail mail address, the middle section is for notes about the person, and the bottom section can tell you at a glance when you sent or received the last letter. I leave the back blank for extra notes.

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There's not much room on a 3x5, so in order to get full-size printing on my printer I have to print these to classic sized paper (two per sheet) and then cut them to size. There's just enough margin on the left side for circa if you want that.

I've included both Open Office and Adobe .pdf versions.

Paper size: 
Index Card (3 x 5)
License: 
Creative Commons
Applications required: 
Open Office, Adobe Reader
Language: 
English

Project Tracker

Keep track of projects on a quarter letter size piece of paper. Print 4 up and slice down.

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Keep track of your current projects on a 4.25 by 5.5 inch template.

Date started, date completed, project name, tasks, time tracker, and notes all on one conveniently small template.

Paper size: 
Other
License: 
Creative Commons
Applications required: 
PDF Reader
Language: 
English

Personal Timeline Templates

When my son was born in October 2005 I began to think about how little I knew about my parents past. What were they like when they were younger, how did they feel when I was born, where did they live, who were their friends, etc... So I started to think about my own life in a timeline. I started piecing together information in different categories - where I went to school, where we lived growing up, events in my life, travel, occupation, etc... After gathering all the information I began to put it into a timeline so I developed these blank templates for making my timeline and I thought I would share them with others interested in timelining so they could benefit from them.

Usage advice: 

These are PDF files

Paper size: 
Letter
License: 
Creative Commons
Applications required: 
Adobe Acrobat or MAC OS X Preview
Language: 
English

March of the Fountain Pens...

Gandalf the tweed

Due to other commitments and the fact I cannot be bothered writing anything more witty this month TeamPlanner brings you the Bertrand Russell tribute guide to: "Buying a fountain pen properly"...

Ah sir, if I were a fool, a flapdoodle, a jester I would walk into any famous office supply emporium and demand that they sold me a Bic Crystal of the highest calibre. But no sir! I am a man of the highest intellect and demand a pen to prove it.

As a schoolboy, there were very few fountain pens with rigid nibs, and most 'affordable' pens still had screw on caps. (You have to bear in mind there was an expectation that one would provide one's own pen and not rely on one's parents to buy them for you.) They leaked, they cracked, and crossed nibs were a common sight. Most were scratchy too. There is noting romantic about these fountain pens, yet once mastered the flow of beautiful writing was incredible....

International Radio Alphabet List (corrected)

I have a very long French name and I got tired of spelling it out only to have it mispelled anyway. So I made this card and now my name is not mispelled anymore. Ygor pointed out a booboo, so I fixed it.

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Usage advice: 

Keep this card in the reference section of your Hipster for use when needed

Paper size: 
Index Card (3 x 5)
License: 
Creative Commons
Applications required: 
PDF Reader
Language: 
English

"Getting Things Done: My Experiences with Using GTD"

Hi, my name is Sara, and I am an Internet addict. (Shocked?) Some days I have no idea what I’m looking for or where I will find it. I know there is some site out there that will be a valuable resource. The exploring is half the fun. The other half is discovering a website that hits the spot. At first glance, this little website lacks the pizzazz of a major discovery. However, I assure you that this gem should not be overlooked. The usefulness of gtd.marvelz.com may not be evident at first. After all, another blog is just another blog, right? Wrong.

Having recently finished reading through David Allen’s Getting Things Done, I can relate to much of what this blog discusses. The author writes “…[I]t has changed my life in small and big ways. This blog is my attempt to share some of my experiences concerning GTD with you.” The entries began in January of 2007. My initial visit consisted of reading through the author’s blog entries. It was reassuring to discover that my beginnings with GTD were not dissimilar.

My Valentine: Lifehacker.com


It was a chance meeting; a case of the right place at the right time. I was sitting at my desk at work, not looking for love, when I meandered my way into its richly informative pages. There was instantaneous chemistry. I was looking for information and it responded to my every whim. I was love-struck from the first day, just two weeks ago.

Imagine my surprise to hear that www.lifehacker.com may be one of the sites that is commonly “taken for granted.” If you are one of the site’s frequent visitors, you may know much of what is coming. Perhaps this SpotLink will rekindle your relationship. If you have never visited or searched the site in depth, the following may be enough to spark a new love affair. (Don’t worry; I’m not the jealous type).

“Computers make us more productive. Yeah, right. Lifehacker recommends the software downloads and web sites that actually save time. Don’t live to geek, geek to live.” ~Quote from Lifehacker.com.

Sara, Wrangler of Links

Greetings fellow DIY Planner junkies! Many of you have encountered me in the hallowed halls of our forums. You may even have noted my abnormal love of links. Doug and Innowen sure noticed and have graciously crowned me "Link Wrangler" (or "Link Liaison, if I may be so bold) for DIYPlanner.com. This "position" has been created to organize relevant links for everyone's use. I'm sure you are aware of how tedious it can be to find "that one site" in a pinch. Hopefully, I will be able to ease some of that frustration.

It is with great pleasure that I present my first "SPOTLINK," or featured website.


Meeting Notes - 2up Front and Back

This is the standard "Cornell Notes" from the v3 Notes package with the title changed to "Meeting Notes" and the grid replaced with lines.

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Usage advice: 

I originally did this modification to go with the Compact Meeting form but thought someone might find it useful on it's own.

Paper size: 
Classic (5.5 x 8.5)
License: 
Creative Commons
Applications required: 
PDF Reader (Adobe Reader, Mac OS X Preview)
Language: 
English