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Giving the gift of a Hipster PDA


I found out about the Hipster PDA over Christmas, after treating myself to a Moleskine Memo Pocket, and then trying to figure out what to do with it.

Although I've never used GTD, I'm finding the Hipster fixes a lot of the problems I've had with past attempts to organise my brain.

Anyway, what with it being a festive matter it occurred to me that a well put together Hipster kit could make a fun, quirky, personalised, and useful gift... and on a shoestring budget too.

Has anybody tried doing this? My sketchy formula consists of:

- A nice, personalised cover (or just front card)
- An instruction card / introduction to the Hipster
- Some chosen content, relevant to the person... fun, informative content, or just useful templates
- Spare blank cards of course
- A reasonable pen
- ... and a clip

As a sort of proof of concept, I put one together for fans of the BBC's the Office:

- A David Brent cover
- A card explaining the concept, giving some tips
- 3 Office themed mini-paper planes designs, printed on 3x5 (taken from http://www.bbc.co.uk/comedy/theoffice/planes/)
- 3 buzzword bingo cards taken from a buzzword bingo generator web site, and resized
- 3 pages of funny quotes from the series
- Some blanks

I'm pretty chuffed with it, and hope to give some away to friends as a way of encouraging them to try the Hipster.

Has anybody else experimented with a similar concept?

(PS if you want to see the Office PDA then send me a PM with your email address, and preference for MS Publisher or PDF.)

Thanking you



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