The Hipster PDA
is a paper-based personal organizer
, popularized by Merlin Mann
. Originally a tongue-in-cheek
reaction to the increasing expense and complexity of personal digital assistants
, the Hipster PDA
(said to stand for "Parietal
Disgorgement Aid" and often abbreviated to "hPDA") simply comprises a sheaf of index cards
held together with a binder clip
. Following widespread coverage in the media and blogs
, the hPDA has become a popular personal management tool particularly with followers of David Allen
's Getting Things Done
Although it began as a joke, or perhaps a statement about technology fetishism, the Hipster PDA has rapidly gained popularity with serious users, with hundreds posting pictures of their customized hPDAs on photo sharing
sites and exchanging tips on Internet
mailing lists. Advocates of the hPDA claim that it is a cheap, lightweight, freeform organizer that doesn't need batteries and is unlikely to be stolen. Enthusiasts also design and share index-card-size printable templates for storing contacts, to-do lists, calendars, notes, project plans, and so on.
A Hipster Nano PDA utilizes business cards with blank backs and one that has a calendar on the back.
- (Washington Post,......