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njtrout
12-14-06, 09:07 PM
I love finding new tools via the Internet. A new one that I found is a paper based planner that you can download the preformated .PDF pages and create/assemble/build you own "daily planner".

Here is where to find it:

http://www.diyplanner.com/templates/official/classic

From the Website:

Welcome to D*I*Y Planner 3.0 (Classic/A5 Edition), a set of free do-it-yourself templates, covers, documentation and other gear for creating your own highly customised paper planner system. A year in the making, this new version includes nearly 200 pages of forms covering life management, calendars, project planning, note-taking, health, finance, and even creative uses like writing, storyboards, and web design. With some basic supplies, the handbook, and a little elbow grease, you can create an ideal low-cost productivity system that meets almost every need.

This release is formatted for both Classic (5.5"x8.5", half letter-size) and A5 sizes.
They also have a index card size set call the "Hipster".

If you still like keeping track of your life on paper, this might be for you...and this coming from the guy who has been working in computers and software for the last 25 years.

NJTrout

VisualImagery
12-14-06, 09:39 PM
Accordian files for index cards are nice-especially for students and writers.

scissors-and rocks! :D

Lots cheaper than the commercial ones thanks nj. I needed one of those. What i really want is a template i can reformat. guess i need to make my own, but it takes so long.

njtrout
12-14-06, 10:01 PM
RADDmom,

The templates are there already.
http://www.diyplanner.com/templates/official/makeyourown

Just look through the page (I believe left column). They are formated in OOo format. That stands for OpenOffice.org format.

So what is OO0 format? OpenOffice (http://www.openoffice.org/) is:

OpenOffice.org (http://www.openoffice.org/) is a multiplatform (http://www.openoffice.org/dev_docs/source/sys_reqs.html) and multilingual (http://www.openoffice.org/project/projects/native-lang.html) office suite (http://www.openoffice.org/product/index.html) and an open-source (http://www.opensource.org/docs/definition.php) project. Compatible with all other major office suites, the product is free to download, use, and distribute.
In other words it is an alternative to buying Microsoft Office.It is FREE, super high quality and designed on open standards. There are many organizations now switching to OpenOffice. MS will be supporting the format in Office Suite 2007. But I have so much stuff in MS format already. No problem OOo can open and save in MS formats as well as the open standard formats. It even provide for the creation of .PDF files without having to buy any other software to do it.

While I'm on a roll...might as well point out the OpenCD (http://theopencd.org/Welcome)collection of FREE open standards based software.

But aside your fears about switching to OpenOffice. As long as you have the diskspace, you should download it and try it out. You won't be sorry.

I have lots more to come on tools that can help us with ADD and are online and free. Hint: Go to www.lifehacker.com :)

NJTrout

Accordian files for index cards are nice-especially for students and writers.

scissors-and rocks! :D

Lots cheaper than the commercial ones thanks nj. I needed one of those. What i really want is a template i can reformat. guess i need to make my own, but it takes so long.

Claudia_0102
12-15-06, 10:42 AM
My guidance councellor gave me an agenda to keep track of all my homework and assignments,it's really helpful. Before i had it i forgot about all my homework and tests.

njtrout
12-15-06, 04:28 PM
My guidance councellor gave me an agenda to keep track of all my homework and assignments,it's really helpful. Before i had it i forgot about all my homework and tests.My son's middle school (6-8) gave them out to everyone this year. Since he has ADHD, Bi-Polar and GAD this type of support tool is a huge help allowing him to be more successful in school.

For my work I buy a high quality spiral bound notebook. I keep all notes from meetings and phone calls in it. I loose that book, I'm sunk. In business these days you are pretty much required to keep you appointments online in what ever flavor calendar the company supports.

NJTrout