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8 mm thickness, 80 pages, 80 g weight. As alternative for the Moleskine or the hipsterPDA.

 

See also :

- Aki's Pile

PoIC (Pile of Index Cards)関連ツール一式 アイデアや作業環境などなど。

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This is my customized Moleskine planner, made from a standard pocket Moleskine (ruled) to resemble the format of a Moleskine Weekly Planner.

 

I created this planner, because Moleskine 2006 Weekly Planners are hard to find and expensive. But beyond cost or scarcity, I thought it would be interesting to create my own planner from scratch, based on some great ideas gleaned from Bill Westerman's Miquelrius notebook:

 

www.flickr.com/photos/davegray/145761460/

 

So far, I'm very pleased with how this little book is working for my personal agenda.

 

For a detailed article on the system, check out PlannerHack.com:

 

www.plannerhack.com

Even after all these years, I keep coming back to the hipster PDA, an idea that I shamelessly stole from Merlin Mann back during his 43 Folders days. Nothing can beat it for speed and reliability of capturing ideas.

John Dickerson owns the largest binder clip I've ever seen.

Freed up a drawer in the kitchen, to hold my GTD stuff.

HipsterPDA bound with a ring for easy random access.

 

The cover & back are black museum board (mat board). It looks great & is durable, but the black rubs off onto the first inside page. So line the cover & back with another paper or use white museum board.

 

The corners were rounded with a corner rounder. Most print shops can round the corners for you. Or you can buy a small one at a shop that sells scrapbook supplies.

 

I am no expert at GTD. In fact, I am re-reading the book over the next week to get ready for a new job.

 

Have you looked at the main hPDA sites for advice?

www.43folders.com

wiki.43folders.com/index.php/Hipster_PDA

www.diyplanner.com

 

I think the true spirit of the hPDA is a cheap improvisational solution as an alternative to commercial planners. You can make it as cheap or as expensive as you like. You can customize it to suit your need: blank, lines, custom cards, etc. I see the HipsterPDA as:

 

1. a way to always have something to write on. I like write thoughts, notes, sites to look up, diagram, & draw patterns I see. You can then take care of your list & next actions in their appropriate context.

 

2. a way to always have a calendar & important reference material with you.

 

3. a way to keep these things together & (somewhat) protected. You could just carry paper or post-it notes. Having the binder clip or ring keeps the notes & lists together. I especially like the ring (hPDA pierced edition) because you can turn to any page, write on a flat page, and remove a card to put into a binder.

 

Hope this helps,

For all you DIY-ers out there, here's a simple lifehack -- just print this out and crop to 3x5 and you'll have your very own index card!

Galison 4x6 accordion file in which I keep my cards. My system evolved from a checklist grid inspired by Edward O'Connor's personal unit tests, Ben Franklin's weekly table of virtues, templates from DIY Planner and the original Hipster PDA all via Lifehacker.

A snapshot of my notebook and research notes, on a typical day...

When i first saw Patrick Ng‘s mind.Depositor i was blown away. It is very sophisticated and looks so great! But i wanted to build something around my beloved Moleskine 18 months - Weekly Notebook. I started with some sketches and a paperboard mock-up. It worked fine and i decided to use it for a while. So i went through my old magazines in search for some nice pictures that would prettify it.

I color coded the Hipster PDA templates- it's very helpful to quickly find things. I would post my template alterations, but under the creative commons license they are released under, I can't. (PS, there's a link to the ones I can share here: Color Coded hipster PDA templates PDF)

 

I'm working on some games for the hipster PDA, I will be able to link those.

 

Original templates can be found at: www.diyplanner.com/templates/official

These are a bunch of cards that can be added to your hipster to provide reference for whatever you may need. I built a template in PowerPoint that I just post whatever I think will be handy in it and print it out on cardstock, then cut out the card.

When i first saw Patrick Ng‘s mind.Depositor i was blown away. It is very sophisticated and looks so great! But i wanted to build something around my beloved Moleskine 18 months - Weekly Notebook. I started with some sketches and a paperboard mock-up. It worked fine and i decided to use it for a while. So i went through my old magazines in search for some nice pictures that would prettify it.

 

Have a look!

At the Staples in Westlake Village, CA yesterday and found nice leather 3x5 case in the new "M by Staples" gear.

 

Case has 3 pockets in addition to the one's ready for writing.

 

Also got a thick stack of 3x5 cards with lines on one side and grid on the back. Case is $10 and the cards were $3

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There's a new url for this product line: mbystaples.com - it only shows a small subset of the products (and does not show these) but does include a search engine for stores carrying the line.

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Finally, here's the link to the item... mbystaples.com/journals-and-notebooks/note-jotters/leathe...

 

At last, I can put/pick/review indexcards without stress. It holds about 80 indexcards. This kaizo works as hipsterPDA case as well.

Cool, isn't it?

 

First, make your own hipster PDA, then buy a clingfilm, copy illustrations from your favorite book for children (this is Phileas Fogg from Verne's Around the World in 80 Days illustrated by Adolf Hoffmeister), stick it together, insert the HPDA and enjoy the protection of your notes!

This is my HPDA. I made it.

I love seeing these sorts of photos from other people, so when I realized I need to clean out my bag, I decided to do my own.

 

Generally, I also carry a knitting project (socks, often) and books for class.

 

More photos of my GTD System are here: flickr.com/photos/sparrowlight/sets/72157613079321706/

Yesterday, after my Google talk, Grant Shellen gifted Ellie with the tiniest Hipster PDA ever (plus a sought-after Farewell Typewriter disc).

 

Best friends forever. Thanks, man.

  

I color coded the Hipster PDA templates- it's very helpful to quickly find things. I would post my template alterations, but under the creative commons license they are released under, I can't. (PS, there's a link to the ones I can share here: Color Coded hipster PDA templates PDF)

 

I'm working on some games for the hipster PDA, I will be able to link those.

 

Original templates can be found at: www.diyplanner.com/templates/official

 

Purple= Shopping lists

Orange= To Do

Pink= Library list and lending lists

Green= Money

Red= Calendar

Light Blue= Blanks

The flap I'm holding open is the hinge part of a manila folder, which I have brutally murdered, and glued to the inside of a gutted moleskine "memo pockets" notebook.

This is my personal "Hipster PDA".

Two bags, and all of the stuff that goes inside of them. I don't carry both everywhere. The small bag is what I carry to work each day, and the large bag I use when I want to being my big Dell with me.

I don't know why I post pictures of my private stuff openly on the internet. I don't like Facebook, StudiVZ and the like because of all the information anybody can get about you there.

 

But right now, I am so content with being back to my Hipster PDA after trying to get along with Symbian's insufficiencies for some months already that I don't mind my schedule for this month being out for all of you to see (if you care to look at the big version)...

 

Syncing iCal's information with the calendar built into my phone or with third-party-apps like Papyrus just is a pain in the ass. All-day-events mess everything up, and it's slow and ugly to look at your dates on a Nokia E61. No comparison to the good old Palm days, but since Palm doesn't fully sync with iCal (even with the otherwise all-embracing Missing Sync), that was no option anymore. Maybe if I still had my buggy MDA Compact, which at least synced with Outlook back in those Windows days like a breeze... But those days are over now (until Apple beefs up the iPhone with decent PIM features, possibly)!

 

I am back to the good ol' pen-and-paper times. It is so easy and cheap and intuitive. This stack of index cards and a pen did me good service when my MDA Compact was in for repairs again and again, and now, I will just stop syncing iCal with my phone once and for all! I feel so relieved!

 

I just have to print out iCal's monthly view every now and then on a pieces of paper, fold it up nicely and clip it to the stack to be up-to-date wherever I go. And it's much more individual than a PDA these days, too! ;-)

For a project thing. Feel free to ignore

Hand to God: yesterday afternoon, this was hanging on this tree support thingee, exactly as you see it here.

 

(Background: I live near a police station, and this photo was taken steps away from there. Weird.)

Find a strong plastic folder and cut it into a size slightly larger than 4x6 in. You may want to consider what else you will put into this jacket before you decide the final size.

 

Make 4 slits so that you can insert the clips on the spine.

 

More on Scription blog: moleskine.vox.com/library/post/minddepositor-by-scription...

 

The primary function of the hipster PDA is capture:I need a lot of cards on the outside, ready to sketch on when needed. There's very little tolerance for friction in this: it needs to be something I can do every five minutes, if need be.

 

Experimentation with other methods proved unfruitful, so here I've just got the cards clipped to the outside of the moleskine. It works.

Everything fits neatly inside the inner flap, with cards, tabs, and collected receipts and random paper bits trapped in a single collection silo.

I don't use hipsterPDA in several reason. I couldn't write fine letter if I'm in standing position. It may be better if I only use alphabet. However, Japanese letter, especially Kanji, is more pictorial. If I try to write fine letter on the hPDA, it costs much effort and time consuming.

 

It is important to write reusable/reviewable index cards to cumulate ones knowledge. Instead of using hPDA, I started to use Kokuyo Field Notes as temporal idea pool. Later, each topics are expanded into the index cards.

 

In my method, as a metephor, CPU = my brain, Virtual Memory (HDD) = field notes, HDD = index cards.

 

Because the field notes is designed for outdoor use, it has many advantage compare to hPDA ; I can write in any position (lying, standing), tough, compact, and reasonable (it costs only $1). If it cost $15 as Moleskine do, it prevent me to write tiny but sometimes important things. Reasonableness helps productivity a lot. :)

 

I write down anything that emerge from my head. Simple to complicated, life to work, not classification but all in chronological order. I usually write first 2 or 3 lines of the topics (or keyword) to minimize dupulicate effort. My letter on the field notes is sloppy because it is temporal anyway. Rapidness is more important when I capture my ideas. I use the Platina's "Press Man" with 0.9 mm lead for this rapid writing.

 

Date stamp is made by rubber stamp for each page. Put time stamp sometimes. It doesn't need to be frequent because important here is not frequency but uniqueness. You can interpolate the time between topic to topic.

 

Simple to-dos, for example, buying toilet paper, are finished in this field notes without copying to index cards.

 

I use single field notes at one time, and usualy finish in a month. I cannot go anywhere without this field notes anymore. :)

 

See also :

- q-b's, "Muji Pocket Notebook & Lead Holders"

- Starfield's, "100216"

- Brain Pocket Notebook

- Calendar 09 for Field Notes by Aki

- Pile of Fieldnotes by Foxcalf

- Fieldnote and "Binder Ball" by Foxcalf

I love my moleskine quadrille notebook, but it's not quite nonlinear enough for me, or for Dave Gray.

 

Dave came up with the idea of hacking up a moleskine memo pad with a flap, so it can hold index cards and a pen. I've further modified it with the stupid-simple expedient of clipping blank cards to the outside, and using manila tabs on the inside to sort out my GTD planner.

 

And there you go.

I love my moleskine quadrille notebook, but it's not quite nonlinear enough for me, or for Dave Gray.

 

Dave came up with the idea of hacking up a moleskine memo pad with a flap, so it can hold index cards and a pen. I've further modified it with the stupid-simple expedient of clipping blank cards to the outside, and using manila tabs on the inside to sort out my GTD planner.

 

And there you go.

The hipster moleskine works best at a certain volume, so I keep a lot of spare cards inside. This is also the idea behind Dave Gray's hack of using this as a notebook.

 

One thing I've noticed, in the years I've been using index cards, is that when you feel like you're low on cards, you don't use them as much, which defeats the purpose. You want overabundance, and instant access. Which is why there are blanks clipped to the back.

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