With the new year coming, many people are considering buying a new planner/agenda. Others are thinking about forking over a couple of hundred bucks for PDA they will never use.

This year, instead of buying a traditional agenda/planner/PDA, I suggest going with the hipster PDA. What is a Hipster PDA (hPDA)? 43 Folders described it as:

a fully extensible system for coordinating incoming and outgoing data for any aspect of your life and work. It scales brilliantly, degrades gracefully, supports optional categories and “beaming,” and is configurable to an unlimited number of options. Best of all, the Hipster PDA fits into your hip pocket and costs practically nothing to purchase and maintain.

The reason why a hPDA costs practically nothing is because you make it yourself. Here’s how you do it.

  1. get a bunch of 3″x5″ file cards
  2. clip them together with a binder clip
  3. there is no step 3

What’s great about the hPDA is that you can arrange it anyway you want. You can have cards for to-do lists, a calendar card, a card to count calories, and a card with contact numbers. If Getting Things Done is your thing, over at DIY planner, they’ve created templates for GTD hipster PDA.

Here are some examples of different hPDA’s.

If you go to the tag “Hipster PDA” at Flickr.com, you’ll find tons of photos of different hPDA’s.

We’ll be posting templates that will hopefully be useful to members of the Church. So stay tuned. Until then, get some index cards and a clip, and start your hipster PDA today.