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Pocket Notebook Planner - Daily/Weekly/Monthly on 1 Page

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As someone who has used most of the commercially available diaries and planners like Day Runner, Franklin Covey and Rolodex over the years, I was never quite satisfied with the layout and function of these tools. Since I've been in the Graphics, Pre press and Printing industries for most of my career, I decided to make my own.
 
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Step 1: Design Criteria, Configuration, Tools Needed

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Design Criteria-
I don't know about you, but I've gone back and forth between a daily or weekly or most recently a monthly layout with not much satisfaction with any of them. I recently stumbled on this guy named Patrick Ng and his Typepad site called "Scription" (http://scription.typepad.com/) . Kudos to you Patrick! This guy really has it figured out with pocket organizers and has a stationary and office supplies interest like I do (you know, all things writing and stationary). He came up with this idea of looking at scheduling outside the box and developed this tool called "Chronodex" which was a little too radical for my taste but it got me thinking about how I look at time and how I would design my own perfect layout. I had a dream about doing things in a linear fashion one night and and as it worked out, I was able to develop a multi-use layout that allows daily, weekly and monthly views on a single page. The Holy Grail! After tinkering with it for a day or so, I think this is it. I'd like to know what you think.

Configuration-
I designed this to be portable and fit in a pocket (hip pocket), perpetual use (no specific dates or years, you enter them) and assembled by anyone with a desktop printer and some hand tools. Due to the pagination layout (specific layout of pages so they face and backup against each other correctly) required for a booklet, this has to be a 13 month calendar so you get January of the next year as a bonus. This notebook was designed to use as a stand along planner or integrated with the Traveler's Notebook products by Midori (http://www.midori-japan.co.jp/tr/english) one of Patrick's favorites and mine too (but I made my own).

Tools Needed-
Microsoft Visio (software layout, I've provided a .PDF file)
Adobe Acrobat (to print the layout)
Color inkjet sheet feed printer
1 sheet 80 lb. uncoated cover stock (I used Neenah Environment uncoated 80 lb. #07626 "Dessert Storm"
7 sheets 24-60lb. vellum finish text stock (I used Wausau Exact Opaque Colors 24-60 lb. #62481 "Natural"
Exacto knife
Straight edge ruler
Self healing cutting board
Needle and strong white thread
4 mini clips
tjk942 years ago
This is an awesome concept with an equally awesome implementation...great work .I'm going to have to use one of these alongside my current system.
thetoolman (author)  tjk942 years ago
Thanks, I had fun making it. How about rating it?
kmgritchie2 months ago

Very nice design! I'll be thinking about this one when I make my own. The big problem for me is I occasionally - but not always - also need an _hourly_ planner. During the school year I sometimes have my days planned out in increments of ten minutes.

Some thoughts: since this is a long-term planner, a sturdier binding / cover might be in order. Especially if you don't tend to keep back-ups - losing this to something like a coffee spill or a torn thread could be very costly! Also, the checking off dates as you go through is a nice idea but could be done by crossing out the day or date; personally, I wouldn't sacrifice prime real estate so it could have its own column.

Re: binding: I was thinking of making my own planner to fit a mini address book binder, so I could rearrange pages as necessary. If, e.g., I found one week was particularly busy and I needed to write a LOT in each day column... then I could insert a page where the whole page is just that week. That may not be as useful for you, but I think it'd be good to have the option of more than one line for busy days.

Re: monthly view: I was thinking of a landscape orientation where the weeks are four 'main' rows and the days are columns, with little sub-rows for hours / time of day. If that description makes sense? Not sure if that would actually increase total writing space per day, but it might make busy days easier to organize.

Kinter5 months ago
Paper for writing is stationery. Something that doesn't move is stationary.
firedancer577 months ago
I did this last year and I'm back for 2014. This little planner was indispensable for me, thank you you helped keep some very important dates.
firedancer577 months ago
I did this last year and it was indispensable. Forgot to bookmark it, so I'm back again for 2014. Thank you for a very usable and nice looking pocket planner.
tjk942 years ago
For some reason it wont give me the "Reply" button but I gave you 5 stars and voted for you in the challenge...Good luck!
thetoolman (author)  tjk942 years ago
Thanks a lot.