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D*I*Y Planner Hipster PDA Edition

D*I*Y Planner Cards

Update : This set, and many more, are now available free at www.DIYPlanner.com. If you want the (much, much better) version 3 set, please jump directly to the D*I*Y Planner 3 Hipster PDA Edition.

The escape was carefully orchestrated. Congo made sure the coast was clear, Bonzo distracted me with his endearing rendition of Polonius’ farewell speech to Laertes, Pierre engaged my wife with the latest Daniel Smith artists’ catalogue, and Polly constructed the electromagnet that attracted the key to the cage from atop the bookshelf. They waited till after midnight, then opened the padlock and quietly crept to the Mac to get to work.

This morning I found the fruits of their labour, stacked neatly in a small pile atop the printer.

I’m hereby pleased to announce the release of the much-requested D*I*Y Planner 2 Hipster PDA Edition, a series of 34 organisational and planning templates designed for printing onto index cards (a.k.a., the Hipster PDA). These are a subset of the regular D*I*Y Planner forms, re-designed for the smaller size, and may be used either in conjunction with the full kit or as a stand-alone system. Although chiefly inspired by David Allen’s Getting Things Done, an emphasis has been placed upon tweakability and multiple methodologies. The package includes:

  • A cover, including an “if lost, please return to” form
  • A Getting Things Done Quick Reference Card, including a flow chart, a weekly review list, and a list of “Stuff” (TM, patent pending)
  • A Covey Planning Quick Reference Card, including salient summaries from First Things First
  • Yearly calendars for 2005 and 2006
  • Three variations on the monthly calendar, both horizontal and vertical
  • A weekly calendar
  • Day Keeper, a daily time management form, with timed and untimed versions
  • More Day Keeper forms, with areas for actions
  • A “GTD All-In-One” with Next Actions, Waiting For and Notes areas
  • Separate full-size Next Actions and Waiting For templates
  • Agenda cards for people or meetings
  • Someday/Maybe project and quick-list forms
  • Single- and double-line ToDo forms
  • Covey Roles and Covey Quadrant, for the top-down fans
  • Basic Project and Checklist templates
  • Shopping and Finances forms
  • Notes templates in lined and grid versions
  • Matrix, a form for writing or tracking tabular data (exercise/fitness logs, calorie counting, grades, borrowed library books, budget items, etc.)
  • A basic Contacts template, four to a sheet
  • Instructions for printing, cutting, modifying, troubleshooting, etc.

This edition is available in three different packages. Please read the descriptions to determine which one you need.

1-Up Version
This PDF package is for printing directly onto index cards. You will need the correct size and weight paper, as well as a printer that can handle 1/8 inch margins. (Many printers only have 1/4 inch margins, and will clip the edges of the forms.)
4-Up Version
This PDF package is for printing four adjacent cards onto regular letter-size (or A4) card stock, then cut using a guillotine or scissors. If you can’t print onto regular index cards without clipping, this is probably your best option. (This is the package I personally use, and it works perfectly with a decent guillotine.)
Graphics Version
This package contains all 34 templates as graphic files (8-bit PNGs, to be exact). Choose this version if you want to use your own layout program, if you want to modify the forms in any way (including changing colours, margins or text), if you want to use your own preforated forms, or if you experience problems using the above PDF files with your printer. The graphics may be edited in any standard graphics application, like Photoshop or The Gimp (which is free), and layout can be done in OpenOffice Draw (free), Adobe InDesign, Microsoft Publisher, CorelDRAW or any number of other publishing programs. (See the accompanying instruction file for tips and license details.)

I would ask that you read the accompanying documentation before sending along any questions or complaints: I’ve tried to address most formatting and printing-related issues therein.

Many thanks go out to all the D*I*Y Planner users who have provided valuable feedback over the past year, as well as to the uber-productivity mavens of the 43 Folders Google Group, whose advice has been beyond compare.

Feedback, as always, is much appreciated.

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