I've been looking for a nice lightweight way to jump into using the release candidate of OpenOffice.org 2 Draw (I'm not quite ready to tackle the Widget Kit yet), and inspiration came from the forums where Anonymous Ed requested an hPDA template of Benjamin Franklin's virtues chart, dating all the way back to 1726. I'm a sucker for historical methods of tracking information, as well as a fan of dear old Ben, so this series of fascinating charts seemed like the perfect opportunity to try my hand. (For more information about them, check out the FlameBright page on Ben's virtues and a short 43 Folders discussion about it. )
This template is a bit of an anomoly, since it doesn't follow the D*I*Y Planner look and feel, but rather a semi-historical one. (Click on the image at right for a larger view.) It includes:
- Charts containing all thirteen of Benjamin Franklin's virtues and descriptions (at least, according to the FlameBright site)
- A completely blank template, with only days of the week (this is suitable for more than tracking virtues, of course -- e.g., exercises): you can print these up and write in your own "virtues" and descriptions
- A blank template with text, so you can click on the text in OpenOffice.org and change it to something else
I've included the OOo2 source file so you can modify the templates as you see fit, or you can use this as a base for different sizes and configurations (such as 4-up or 4"x6"). The font used is the nice old-fashioned Century Schoolbook, as installed via OOo2.
Good luck on Ch. ;-)
- franklin_virtues.pdf - Hipster PDA (3"x5") set, 1-up, PDF format (200K)
- franklin_virtues.odg - OpenOffice.org 2 Draw source file (25K)
I have a section of my planner devoted to D*I*Y Planner -related tips, ideas, and vague notions for posts. Many of these little scraps wouldn't serve as a basis for a full article, so I've decided to occasionally gather a whole bunch of them together and toss them into the wind. Some of these tips are actually practical, some are cosmetic, some deal with reference materials. And some are strange or even a little crazy, but might provide something to show your employer by way of demonstrating that the company really is working you too hard.
Compose music on your Hipster PDA
Nine staves give you plenty of room to compose your next masterpiece, and there's even a bit of space to write down lyrics for your next catchy tune. You can also write guitar chords above the lines.
Far out tip: write down a few songs and laminate the cards. Then you can hit the right notes when you're yodeling in the bathroom! ;)
A Cornell Notetaking system template.
This is a template I created for using the Cornell Notetaking method, which is explained here.
In general, the shaded area on the left of the page can be used to write questions alongside their corresponding answers. I also use the left area for headings, marginalia and metadata.
In concept, you write "questions" in the left area, and their answers in the right area (as you're taking notes), so like this:
| What are | | - Mercury |
| the names | | - Venus |
| of the | | - Earth |
| planets | | - Mars |
| and their | | - Jupiter |
| order? | | - Saturn |
| | | - Uranus |
| | | - Neptune |
| | | - Pluto |
| | | |
etc. Then, when you're reviewing your notes, you cover up the right area with something and review the questions in the left area, uncovering the right area as needed to check your responses.
At least, that's how the Cornell Notetaking system itself works. I tend to use the left column for things like:
- Questions to myself about things I've written
- Tags and headings to help me find stuff in the page
and other metadata-like things. For example, in a character sketch for my mystery novel, I wrote a long profile of a character named Nancy, and in the midst of the profile I mentioned that she lives next door to her adult son Raymond. Out of nowhere the thought occurred to me that Raymond might end up playing a more significant role in the story than I thought, so I noted that possibility in the left area for future consideration.
Two paged template designed to be printed back to back that allows you to sketch and build materials/shopping list for a project.
Print back to back on 3x5 cards or your choice of size.. then use when you want to design a project out and about.
Merlin Mann's 43 Folders site. Lifehacking, Getting Things Done, and general organizational tips. Home of the "Hipster PDA."
A simple cover for your HipsterPDA based upon the cover provided in the D*I*Y Planner Hipster PDA Edition.
This came to me after seeing what some really creative people came up with as cases for their HipsterPDA's. Though cases break the basic philosophy of the Hipster PDA, as stated on the Hipster PDA site as "3. There is no step 3".
I know that forms also break the basic philosophy. But I am of the opinion that a form gives structure and in many cases help the data gathering process, so a simple cover or case was needed.
I think this one is simple, can be produced inexpensively, requires no clips or rubber bands or other hardware, and if you already use the D*I*Y forms you have all the skill need to construct one your self.
I have set up my Hipster as follows:
1. An envelope case
2. An index card with the Covey methodology on one side and the GTD methodology on the other. I had this laminated and trimmed it to fit.
3. An index card with the 2005 Calendar on one side and the 2006 Card on the other. This one is laminated and trimmed also.
This makes a case with three sections. In front are those cards I need to deal with when I get home. The middle holds other reference cards - Matrix cards with Blood Pressure, Shopping lists, checklists, whatever I need. In the back I carry lined index cards. I write big and this works well for me.
When I need to write something I pull a card from the back and use the envelope - with the laminated cards inside - to write on. It makes a nice surface to write on and fits in the palm of my hand.
A real sliderule. Requires a bit of cutting and pasting.
Simply cut and paste and you'll have a working slide rule. Slides rules got us to the moon, they ought to get you around town.
I've had one of these in my hipster stack for months and it works as good as new.
Thanks to the work of Charles Kankelborg.
A series of templates designed to help organize, enhance, and put a little fun in one's life.
Print the whole stack, or just part.
Categorization via the Meta-Line Organizer.
Designed for cheap (gray scale) printing.
Economical use of an 8.5 x 11 piece of paper. (Plus more room to write.)
* Fold Up Cards.
* Star Chart.
* World Map with Time Zones.
* Chess and Checkers.
* Playing Cards.
* Sundial Day Planner.
* Morse Code and Semaphore.
* Staff (Music)
* Do It Yourself Art..
* Full Sheet.
Scribus source also available