Personal organisers, Sarah N Dipity and the Quest for Synchronicity

by Lee Hopkins on April 29, 2008 · 2 comments

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Further to an earlier post where I expressed my frustration over technology no longer doing what it was supposed to do, and taking Donna’s, Clarence’s and Max’s point that these days nothing does what it is supposed to do, I have decided to drink myself under the table revert back to trusty and beloved fountain pens, quality pencils and paper.

I already own a gorgeous black leather A4 organiser, very expensive and very chic, but A4 is just way too big to lug around with me all the time. Looks great, but is far too heavy and cumbersome.

So I lashed out and spent $30 on a Day Timer organiser, then another $33 on a 6-hole punch (one retailer was going to charge me $100+ for one!) and settled back to enjoy organising my life into a shape far better than it recently has been.

outlook2007-printcal But Outlook prints out calendars, GTD tasks and projects, contact details, etc., with incredibly ugly black borders around everything, even when you switch off the ‘shaded’ option.

Yuck!

click on the logo to visit the superb DIYPlanner.com

For those of who who haven’t been reading this blog for a few years, a good friend of mine, Douglas Arbuthnot Johnston, runs the superbly wondrous DIYPlanner.com site, a site built into an almost-shrine to the paper-based planner.

Doug’s original project, a set of personal organiser sheets you can print off at home, has spawned a whole community who have contributed ideas and layouts. It’s an incredible resource and if you have a paper-based planner and are looking for nicer-looking and far more practical resources with which to fill it, I cannot recommend the site highly enough.

But that aside, I am still stuck with the challenge of fitting three Day Timer sized pages into my organiser.

Print off a calendar, or anything, in Outlook onto A4 paper formatted for ‘Day-Timer Senior Pocket’ and you have space left over at the ends and side, plus there’s no option of adding in page markers so you can guillotine with confidence (now there’s an idea for an album, “Guillotining with Confidence”. I must discuss that one with my patent lawyer…).

And, of course, there’s still the pig-ugly black borders to contend with.

But deep within the musty recesses of my brain I remember seeing somewhere in my stationery collection a set of pre-perforated pages for paper organisers.

I’d actually brought them over from England with me when I moved back here in 1999, that’s how old they were. The packet was still unopened! Lovely Sara N. Dipity!

Perfect! They have pre-punched holes in the right places, the paper is lovely quality… Avery L7901R and of course they are no longer available in Australia. I just scoured Avery’s site here in Oz and no such product exists. Sigh.

Now all I have to do is figure out how I can bypass Outlook’s black template lines but add in faint borders to allow me to guillotine the A4 sheets correctly, and print out my calendar, tasks and contacts with a modicum of taste.

Any clues, anyone?

  • http://allanjenkins.typepad.com/ Allan Jenkins

    Let me say that I am a faithful reader of DIYPlanner.

    But I think you may be overcomplicating it… between judicious use of Google Calendar (which posts to my phone) and a Moleskine 18-month weekly calendar, I am as efficiently organized as any Crackberry fan.

  • http://allanjenkins.typepad.com Allan Jenkins

    Let me say that I am a faithful reader of DIYPlanner.

    But I think you may be overcomplicating it… between judicious use of Google Calendar (which posts to my phone) and a Moleskine 18-month weekly calendar, I am as efficiently organized as any Crackberry fan.

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