paper system - agenda layout tips

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    Hi,
    I'm working with a paper system and it really works for me. But only not the calendar.
    I did some digging around, but information about paper GTD systems isn't easy to find.
    Do you have tips or links for me? I would be really thankful!

    Thanks in advance,
    Rianne
     
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    Is there a specific need you want to meet with your paper calendar? Such as a way to visualize all of your meetings, or room to take notes throughout the day, etc.? What isn't working for you currently? I recently designed my own paper planner because I had the same type of struggles, ha!
     
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    Did you publish this design?
     
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    I didn't, but I'm happy to share. So here's a link to download them (click me!). They're sized for the Junior ARC notebook (5.5"x8.5", or half of a standard 8.5"x11" sheet of paper). I put the month in the top blank spot and the day number on the line next to each day of the week. I box off meetings and scheduled events in the planner portion at the top, and use the lines below each day for scheduled tasks & noting deadlines. Our hours are 8-8 Mon-Sat, which is why those are the hours listed and there's no Sunday. I'm happy to make any small changes if someone wants them.
     
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    Wow! I love the setup you have there! Thank you for adding the picture of it in use! I am definitely a visual learner! :)

    And I love that you have the Weekly Review scheduled off! ;)
     
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    Oh, thank you, thank you, thank you!

    Pure simplicity!

    I have a Zen-like feeling when I am looking at these empty planner pages.

    And the urge to fill them! (dangerous)... ;-)
     
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    Just printed a copy and loaded my calendar for this week. This really looks like it will work for me. Very clean layout, it gives me a snapshot of my week. Thanks chrimer for such a valuable contribution to our community!
     
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    JonathanWoodruff, TesTeq, and TMac:

    You flatter me! I'm happy the pages can help, whether they're downloaded and used or inspiration to be used elsewhere. I have used Trello/Google Calendar myself for years, as well as other apps, but I don't always have a computer accessible during meetings and it's very frowned upon to use one's phone. So I'm experimenting with paper and I've used roughly this setup for a month now (with a few little tweaks, like removing Sundays for more space). I highly recommend the ARC (or Levenger Circa) system if you want to print your own pages - it's incredibly versatile. I keep a rolling half-year in my planner (when a month ends, I remove it and add another onto the end of the planner).
     
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    I have also designed a paper system as I prefer paper to any digital system I've tried.

    The design (and downloads of the forms in A4, A5 and 3x5" Index Cards) is at www.mygtdsystem.com

    I currently use the 3x5" version and maintain my calendar on a series of daily, weekly and monthly cards to remind me of appointments and things to do on certain days etc.

    I'm happy to explain how it work if it's not clear from the posts on the site

    David
     
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    I use an entirely electronic-based system, but a few years ago, I stumbled upon a paper-based system here: http://bulletjournal.com/.

    I make no claim that the system is "GTD-compliant" (for those to whom that matters), but it struck me as an excellent starting point for those who want to use a paper-based system.

    Joe
     
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    I LOVE certain aspects of Bullet Journaling. I really think you can successfully apply bits of it with GTD. For example, your tasks lists being Collections in your journal, the Future Planning section as a whole is good, and then each day's daily log allowing you to see your tasks for the day with your schedule, like a planner would. I also think rapid logging is a great Inbox.
     
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    Could you please repost links? I cannot seem to get them to connect.
    Laura
     
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    Apologies! Dunno what happened to the link. Here you go - and I've updated my old post as well :)
     
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    Thanks so much for taking time to repost the link. I love peeking at other people's planner layouts:)
     

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