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Hipster PDA for writers, others

A writer’s “Hipster” | D_I_Y Planner

Over on DIYPlanner.com, SusanBeth outlines how she’s created a writer’s version of the Hipster PDA.

The patterns here might actually be quite useful for many index card fans—she’s put together a handy, lo-fi system that reminds me a bit of a homemade Trapper Keeper, or—here’s where my age starts to show—its precursor, the Mead Data Center. I also like the tabs and “envelope” ideas, and of course, there’s the key pattern: reviewing at the end of day and shunting anything new back into the “home base” system.

“Pockets” — Take two index cards and tape them together along both long sides and the ‘bottom’. Try to use tape that is less tearable than scotch tape. I was able to “borrow” some cloth based ‘bookbinders’ tape for mine. Adhesive tape (like for bandages) might work well. For these I did use colored index cards, but I could have simply colored them.

My green pocket holds a folded blank check & a $20.

My blue pocket holds a half-dozen postage stamps and self-adhesive address labels.

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Merlin Mann is an independent writer, speaker, and broadcaster. He’s best known for being the guy who created the website you’re reading right now. He lives in San Francisco, does lots of public speaking, and helps make cool things like You Look Nice Today, Back to Work, and Kung Fu Grippe. Also? He’s writing this book, he lives with this face, he suffers from this hair, he answers these questions, and he’s had this life. So far.

Merlin’s favorite thing he’s written in the past few years is an essay entitled, “Cranking.”




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