In this green era, it seems everybody's trying to go paperless (Even Unplggd, with our post on the paperless home office). But there's a reason that good old paper has stood the test of time in this digital age: It's cheap, portable and has been universally compatible for a few hundred years. Even the most tech-savvy of us probably put some paper goods to good use. Me? Even with a Blackberry, iCal, Google Calendar and several programs to sync it all up, I will always trust my paper planner to keep me on top of things. Whether you're paperless or drowning in a sea of loose leafs, you should check out the 8 cool organizer tools to print for free we've rounded up.
- Configure your own planner with the D*I*Y Planner 3.0:Configure and refill your planner with the wide range of printable DIY planner templates, a collection of more than 100 lists, calendars, task management, thought trees, and other helpers in all the standard paper sizes. They've also added a Hipster PDA edition to print onto 3x5 index cards, stylish covers and much more.
- Plan with a "Candy Bar" calendar: Add a timeline to your project notebook or wallet for a computer-free date reference with Dave Seah's Compact Calendar—an Excel worksheet you download and mark off important dates. The layout of continuous days makes highlighting blocks of dates easy.
- Print-out-in-a-pinch graph paper or rulers: Sometimes it's just easier to write or sketch out your thoughts when there's guidelines on your paper, as you may remember from grade school. If your office or home office doesn't keep a stack of it handy, Printable Paper keeps a virtual aisle of graph and lined paper on hand.
- Turn PDFs into a palm-held booklet: If you've got reading to do on your commute, or anywhere you're on the go, spare yourself staple-torn sheets and awkward folding with BookletMaker, which lets you upload your PDFs and reprint them as readable, multi-page booklet(s).
- Print a custom CD case: For all those random homeless CDs and DVDs lying on your desk, a paper CD case is an attractive, cheap way to keep scratches and thumbs off your loose tunes or programs. A beautiful personalized sleeve is also a great way to package a mix CD for a holiday gift. Instructions here.
- Fold a paper wallet: This durable paper wallet at Instructables is truly cheap, conversation-starting, and super-thin, which your well-worn back pockets will thank you for.
- Fold a 3D, 12-sided desk calendar:Admittedly, a dodecahedral calendar isn't as useful as your standard at-a-glance models, but it sure does amp up your cubicle style by a bunch. Generate your own print-and-fold PDF at Ole Arntzen's site, and check out illustrated assembly instructions at simplehuman.
- Print your own PocketMod mini-organizer: PocketMod, a free Webapp that creates slick-looking printouts you fold a few times into a mini-organizer. The original planner design will keep you busy for some time, but you can also use it to track your mileage and workout schedule, keep the kids (hopefully) entertained, and create walk-around maps.
[ Adapted from LifeHacker ]