The first time I saw a mention of the “Hipster PDA,” I thought it was ridiculous. “So it’s just a bunch of 3x5 cards? How is that advanced organizational power? How will I do Google Maps on it? Or addresses? Or… anything? How is this not entirely lame?”
Unfortunately, as I grow somewhat older (and more importantly, more distracted), I find that this (still quite) lame little device is just what I need– and indeed, I’ve found it to be useful for a far longer period of time than any digital PDA I’ve ever used (including my really nice (at the time) Handspring Visor Platinum, now being used as a datebook for my father’s scheduling conferences).
So then, with those two tools and some playing in PhotoShop, here’s the current contents of my HipsterPDA:
All the covers and dividers have hard lamination, which was by far the most expensive part of the project; with it, the whole thing costs maybe $3– I.E., 1/100th the cost of a PDA (or less!). It works pretty well for me– whenever I think of something, I can write it down on the appropriate card as soon as I think of it, so that it might actually get remembered and done at some later date. Periodically (daily when I’m in school, weekly on vacation), I pitch the scribbled-on agenda and task list after disgorging their contents into the computer, then print off fresh ones, which makes sure I can actually read my tasks. :-)
In addition, I have three DIYPlanner grid-printed index cards (for drawing charts, or playing games, whatever’s necessary at the moment), and six blank cards for writing stuff on and handing to people, or making collections of information and sticking them into the PDA; again, whatever I need. That flexibility is extraordinarily helpful.
For those of you (like my father) concerned about the geeky look of pulling out a binder-clipped thing in otherwise formal circumstances, Levenger sells really nice “Pocket Briefcases” designed for 3x5 cards, that are shiny black leather; while I was loathe to give up my binder clip at first, I have to admit, this works much better in a suit (for instance, while talking to the Governor).
So: for just a bunch of notecards, this little thing works pretty well. It also works well in conjunction with my other tiny business things: my tiny laptop, and my tiny business cards. Life, as a micro cosmos!
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