Hipster PDA Hacks

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[edit] Lazy Retrieval

If you use a HPDA with a binder clip, and have a few cards you need to pull out time and again (to add to a list for instance): Try cutting out a (triangular) piece from the edge of that card, where the clip would usually be (don't do it to the first or last card)... cut out a piece that's larger than the binder clip.. just enough so the card is easy to pull out and put back without opening the clip, but won't fall out due to the amazing Get-Stuck-o-tool index cards tend to have when held together by a clip. This, dear readers, is HPDA Friction Control.

[edit] Persistence

The Hipster PDA can be customized using "persistent cards" or "upgrades". Depending on your life needs, you'll have some often-needed information or categories, and upgrades are a way to take advantage of that for speed. To make finding these cards easier, they're usually a different (and often bold or fluorescent) color. In a way, the divider cards are a kind of persistent card, with non-text usages.

Persistent cards function as a local cache. You keep a copy of something you need as close to yourself as possible. A potential downside is the same for any local cache: you have to spend time synchronizing it with your other system components or risk losing data.

[edit] Printable Hipster PDA Index Cards

The D*I*Y Planner now comes in a Hipster PDA size.

There is also the SVG Planner which is similar to the D*I*Y Planner but comes in SVG graphics and is printable in the standard 3x5 index card format.

[edit] Other Printable Paper Templates

PocketMod is Flash program that allows you to create a custom HPDA from a single sheet of paper. Several different types of calendars and writing paper (lined, checklists, graph paper, etc.) are offered. Folding instructions on the site demonstrate a finished product of approximately 4.5" X 3" from a standard 8.5" X 11" sheet.

However, PocketMod is copyrighted and patent pending; this has raised concerns among some, especially those who might want to copy or extend this idea. This site also requires Macromedia Flash.

Notepaper Generator this is a simple CGI script (with downloadable source code) by Simson Garfinkel that outputs a PDF notebook sheet with built in calendar, "return to if lost text", picture area and subject line. It is designed for notetaking and inserting in to three-ring binders.

[edit] Elsewhere

[edit] Music on your Hipster?

Hipster Shuffle
Hipster Shuffle

Want to carry all your music on your Hipster? Why not upgrade with a Multimedia Hipster Clip from Apple.

Taken from Andrew's post Hipster Shuffle.

I think the Apple version is rather over-expensive; the Shuffle is about $100 in my currency, over 100 times as expensive as a music-less clip. It appears that Asian vendors are working on cheaper "clones" that may soon provide a more economical clip... Rockit! clip

[edit] Hipster PDA Penclip

Hipster PDA with Penclip
Hipster PDA with Penclip

Take an index card, fold in half, wrap around side of hPDA leaving loop for pen, clip everything together, and slide pen into loop. Variations:

  • use 4x6 index card or a trimmed sheet of cardstock to create cover and penclip
  • stash front, back, or both flaps of the penclip in between pages

[edit] Attachment

Moleskine with HPDA clipped on
Moleskine with HPDA clipped on

Keep losing your HPDA? Attach it to your Moleskine using a paperclip.

Coined by eddy13.

[edit] Backing Up, Synching, and Loss

  • While cards can be scanned, I find that typing up the card rolls its ideas back around in my mind, and new ideas or opportunities for refactoring often hit me. --Sckot
  • During my Sunday night Weekly Review, I prepare seven cards, one for each day of the week. I write to-dos on the front of each day's card. I know when I'm scheduling too much work for a given day if I can't fit everything on the front of one card! During the week, I use the back of the current day's card as my inbox for new ideas/tasks. At night, I sync the day's card to my wiki-based organizer (adding new ideas/tasks and removing completed tasks). --cop
  • In case you physically lose your Hipster PDA, make sure to clip one of your own buisness cards to it (in the exact middle of the stack to maintain maximum functionality). That way if it gets lost the person who finds it knows who to give it back to (assuming they are curious enough to flip through the thing). --Connor

[edit] Do the Hipster Shuffle

When you are stuck figuring out what to do next, give the deck a good riffle shuffle and pick something off the top.

[edit] Hipster Cradle

Hipster Stand
Hipster Stand

While sitting at your desk, put your Hipster on its stand. Can easily be made out of cardboard.

Taken from Ben Kraal's post iPod stand - repurposed.

[edit] Metapatterns

(a.k.a. unsorted)

  • Blank cards in the back, possibly separated by a colored card
  • Colored cards as separators or for specific categories
  • Tearing or folding a corner of a card to physically distinguish it
  • Completely blank, lined, or grid cards
  • Tags (such as "NA" or "groc. list") in a corner visible while cards are clipped together
  • Writing "if lost, please return to..." information on the front card
  • Multiple colors of ink
  • Drawings, arrows, circled phrases, and the like (not just text)
  • Dates and days of the week on very bottom of cards make it easy to see which is which as you flip through the stack
  • Ripping up a completed to-do list feels far more satisfying than just checking boxes
  • Writing private info in codes/ciphers, such as The Elian Script or Handywrite.
  • Write quickly in Pitman shorthand.
  • Use abbreviations.
  • Stickers!
  • Secure your HPDA cards with a binder ring instead of a clip.
  • Cards that you update or refer to frequently can be striped along the right front edge with a highlighter for easier retrieval as you riffle the stack. You could also color the right side of a stack of cards to mark a section.
  • If either part or all of your hipster doesn't get frequently re-arranged, you might consider using prong fasteners, as they are firm, and low-profile.
  • Place the binder clip on the side of the cards ("book-style"), rather than the top ("pad-style").
  • Put one or two paper clips on the back card, using them to mark "currently active" items. Also, this keeps a pen more snug when clipped to the back two cards. (Illustrated in this photo).

[edit] Your Money or Your Life

Many of you might also be familiar with the Your Money or Your Life system of organizing your financial affairs. I have a section in my PDA for all the days receipts of financial transactions, either printed or written down on an index card, which can be thrown into my inbox once I get home and transferred to a ledger book. This prevents you from having to carry around an extra notebook to record all the money going in and out of your life.

Moleskine freaks might also want to consider using the Moleskine Pocket Japanese Book or the Moleskine Squared Pocket Journal as a miniature portable version of the Wall Chart. Perfect for someone who does a lot of travelling and doesn't want to carry around a loose 24 x 36" piece of graph paper.

[edit] See Also

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