Moleskine? Gosh no, memo book and hPDA!

Aye! I read today a little comment about Moleskine journals at Arbitrary Marks (and pointing back to an article at Gathering in Light; link fixed) about adopting those cute, if overpriced, journals to the “Getting Things Done” mode of personal productivity.

I’ve tried it, didn’t like it and already had plans to write about another approach. If I were a sketcher, I think I might like Moleskines more. In particular, I like the DIY Planner, which comes in a number of sizes, including forms for the conceptually-related index card-based Hipster PDA (hPDA). And the hPDA forms fit on the kind of paper that fills six-ring memo books.

I’ve written about this before. Here and here.

But I wanted to note that I have been collecting links about the hPDA, and you can see what I found at Clergy and church types should particularly note the hPDA forms from Alexandre Bourget, which includes one for planning the Mass. (PDF download.) Helpful if you’re Roman Catholic. Oh, and read French. But he has made available the hPDA card file for the open-source, multi-platform Scribus publishing software so you can translate the effort for your own liturgical and linguistic needs. (Scribus file download.)

By Scott Wells

Scott Wells, 46, is a Universalist Christian minister doing Universalist theology and church administration hacks in Washington, D.C.


  1. FWIW, I use a Moleskine weekly planner but not the journal. I couldn’t really think of anything I wanted to preserve in a bound journal. Why memorialize my grocery shopping? It might make a cute customized breviary, but that’s another matter. Or a real travel journal. But not for daily organizing.

    For jotting notes etc. I use the Levenger shirt pocket briefcase. Sadly, the less expensive one (the “ballistic” material) is no longer available. But the general concept is good–you keep the cards you need, you toss them when you’re through.

    I’ve also been playing with the Levenger Circa line. That too is another matter.

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