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

This is the non laptop version of my current GTD system. Missing from this photo is the laptop (running orgmode) and the levenger punch.

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

This is my "ubiquitous capture" device...in other words, it lives in my bag or pocket, waiting to catch the random thoughts that I have, and to direct me in my next actions.

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.

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

Maybe its because I see so much of it in IT or maybe because I'm tired of how expensive its become, but I'm joining the technology backlash. This is my new PDA.

On the first page (before the pockets), the holds a menu of two daily planning forms, which were inspired by David Seah's Printable CEO forms. They are held in place by plastic corners used to hold pictures in scrapbooks.

 

A Moleskine cahier converted into a Hipster PDA case, because the Moleskine memo pocket is too fat to fit in my pocket.

 

Read about it here: About the Moleskine Hipster PDA Case

 

Instructions to build your own here: Build A Moleskine Hipster PDA Case

This is my personal "Hipster PDA".

A step by step series on how to create a Hipster nano PDA

this is my gtd setup on my desk

The wallet has a big deep pocket, I don't use it except for the occasional receipt, or check that I need to deposit.

"You know, I've always liked that word..."gargantuan"... so rarely have an opportunity to use it in a sentence."

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/

My new organizer method based on GTD (Getting Things Done) with preprinted 3x5 post-its

The one thing I don't' like about this hack is that the binder clip needs to stick out all the time. If the inner part is folded in (as shown here), you can't access it as easily.

 

This is a PITA, but for now (i.e., the last 6 hours), I'm living with it.

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.

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 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! ;-)

The current contents of my hpda - mostly so I can watch my own progress as I fall deeper into GTD'dom

Alanah's cat found a new playtoy last night: one of the various hipster pdas that I have kicking around.

been watching this pool for a long time; finally decided to jump in.

 

technically, i'm cheating a little bit; this is 'what's in your bag' plus 'what's in your pants pockets'.

The second spread has a folder for support materials (such as blank cards for notes) and a place holder for procedure cards that are "on deck" (the tasks that I am focusing on).

 

Read about it here: About the Moleskine Hipster PDA Case

 

Instructions to build your own here: Build A Moleskine Hipster PDA Case

You can see I'm influenced by Getting Things Done (David Allen) or GTD for short. Pen and paper are the way to go.

How much productivity pr0n and Intarweb memes can I fit in a stack?

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,

Tab labels were created using a DYMO.

This is pretty much it. (The moleskine goes around with me about 50% of the time.)

 

Not shown, of course, is the Treo, which I used to take the picture.

The heart of my organization system. I'd like to say I scan the cards weekly/daily, but I don't. I do have the reference info in other places --Google Apps, databases- though.

Cue "Thus Spake Zarathrusta."

Inside there is the writing area, small pockets at the top and bottom hold 3 X 5 index cards in place. There is a clear windowed pocket to hold an ID, and two pockets above that to hold credit cards or business cards.

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