August 16, 2007

New Organizational Tool – The PocketMod

Posted in ADHD, External Links, Organization, Posts by Renee, Progress, Tools at 9:44 am by bloggingawayadhd

Well, today I had a big argument with someone, and it was a backtrack since I thought I’d been doing better about causing huge blow-up arguments. So, to make myself feel better, I decided to improve another part of my life: date planner organization/finances.

I’ve been using a decent planner called Time:Master, but it’s an academic-year planner and ran out recently. Instead of buying a new planner, I decided to try a new method that will hopefully help me pay my bills on time, etc.

I will post in the future how I made my planner and why I made certain choices and hopefully a picture of it.

Today, however, I’m posting about my new “backup planner” idea. The planner I made is in a large 3-ring binder, and sometimes it’s not handy, I don’t want to bring it with me (like to dinner), or I just plain forget to bring it along. Another problem I have is not writing down my checking account transactions (especially debit card) and causing bank account problems. So, I found a way to get a handle on both problems:

The PocketMod.   PocketMod Picture

It’s a little thingy you design online, then fold up like origami, and it turns into a little 6-page pocket-sized booklet! All it takes is one piece of paper to print it out.

So, my pocket mod has a weekly calendar on the front page, a finance page (for tracking debit card transactions) on the second page, folding instructions in the middle (which I won’t need every time!), two lined pages for notes, a shopping list page, a “cover” page which is on page 5 for me, and the back cover is a 2007 calendar. Handy!

So my plans with this are to print one out every week, then keep it in my purse and jot stuff down on it when I don’t have my full-size planner on me, then “sync” it with my full-size planner (hopefully I’ll remember to do this often) and voila! A back-up planner!

Now I just have to make sure I keep a pen with me at all times! I need one of those mini keychain pens…

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3 Comments »

  1. Brian said,

    Renee,

    There are more modules that you can add, on this site.

    http://www.fairlyuseless.com/category/pocketmod/page/2/

    Maybe you will find one that will take the place of your folding instructions!

  2. bloggingawayadhd said,

    Thanks, Brian!

    I was wondering if anyone had developed it further… pretty fun ideas there :)

    I’m a computer programmer, so maybe I can do some myself one day when I have time…

  3. […] list of work projects, I figured I better put a system in place now. I mentioned my “customized planner” before, and haven’t yet finalized how it looks and works, so I haven’t uploaded […]


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