Digital Download: 365-day Emergent Task Planner

Digital Download: 365-day Emergent Task Planner

Emergent Task Planner Journal Version UPDATE! Both A4 and US Letter versions now available. Includes “Read Me” file and bonus blank 2013 page.

After battling the uncertainty of using XML with InDesign for weeks, I finally got it to import something predictably, which allows me to now offer this: a digital download version of the Emergent Task Planner PDF, with every single day of 2013 dated. Not only that, but each of those 365 days has text fields so you can pre-enter your tasks (and a memo) with Adobe Acrobat Reader (free). Federal holidays and the Groundhog Day Resolutions days are annotated as well.

The New DesignIf you use and enjoy the free version of the Emergent Task Planner and want just a little extra oomph, you probably will like this version as it is a new ETP design created just for this journal. I like it a lot, as it fixes a lot of subtle spacing issues. You can see how it looks by clicking the image on the right; it will expand into a larger image.

I’m selling the 365-page PDF (which includes an instruction sheet plus a bonus blank single-page design) for US $7.00 through GumRoad, a nifty digital download service that seems pretty cool. I’ll be moving a lot of my semi-custom design work to this service because it is NOT PayPal.

My ultimate plan is to create a neat “Farmer’s Almanac” out of this planner, so I’m open to suggestions on the kind of thing you’d like to see to make it super awesome. Suggestions for other form factors are welcome also; with the new XML workflow, I am finally able to produce data-driven multi-page forms accurately without going blind. Every purchaser of this download will get access to improvements made during 2013 through their download link.


You can check out the download store clicking the buttons below (window will open if you are browsing my site directly):

2013 ETP 365-Day Almanac (US Version) 2013 ETP 365-Day Almanac (A4 Version)

If that doesn’t work, try these links for US Letter or A4 Size. The purchase link should accept credit cards internationally…let me know if it doesn’t!

As always, thank you for your support! Again, I am open to suggestions for variations. Unfortunately, I can’t offer printed versions at this moment, but you could always take your download to your local print shop and have it done there.



  1. Avrum 11 years ago

    Dave – I don’t use your forms per se, but I borrow/steal your ideas for my own forms. Is there a way to compensate you for your ideas? Or should I wait until you write a book (wink, wink).

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    Dave Seah 11 years ago

    I could maybe set up a donation jar on GumRoad with various recordings of me saying fun things. Any suggestions?

  3. Avrum 11 years ago

    I find your reflections on workflow & tools very interesting. I’d support ($) that. Just provide a link ;)

  4. Myrcurial 11 years ago

    Thanks – bought it!

    Would LOVE to have it in the half-Letter version (which is what I use now)

  5. Lynn O'Connor 11 years ago

    GREAT!! This is so cool. I sent word to twitter account and facebook also. I would like the half page size as well, although I’m again using the full page for the moment (but might go back to the half page soon). I was confused by the instruction to “sign” it in order to make copies. I had no idea where I was supposed to “sign” but that is my sheer ignorance I’m sure. This makes my day, really made me smile. Like others here, I often want to find ways to support your work (as you already know) and it was very cool to be able to do so. Keep going. I”m printing out January to put in my “circa” “Next Action” book. When there are half size pages I’ll happily purchase those as well and I can use those with my “planner pad” (I am using the junior size version, although they have a full size version as well, maybe I should switch?) which has been helping me organize a whole week. Thank you Dave!!

  6. Lynn O'Connor 11 years ago

    A question already:

    I downloaded this to my download file and printed out January. Now I want to save a copy to my “Forms” folder on my computer, and I can’t figure out how to do it. I am sure it has something to do with the instruction to “sign” which I didn’t do because I couldn’t figure out how to do it. Sorry to be whatever challenged, I need more instruction about the “sign” request.


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    Dave Seah 11 years ago

    Lynn: If you’re using Acrobat Reader, you can ignore the “sign” stuff; it’s related to digital signatures I think. You should be able to “Save As” to any directory on your computer using the File menu. I can’t think of why it would be failing. We can set up a Skype desktop sharing session if it continues to be a problem.

  8. annette 11 years ago

    I agree with the half letter – but if truth be told my dream would be a a mix of Day Grid Balancer (I need week at a glance) and CGT (the “blank” version). Those on the same page at a half page each would be amazing for the whole year and then i would fill in particularly packed weeks with the ETP.

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    Dave Seah 11 years ago

    Annette: I’ll see what I can do about that. So the idea would be to set and track bigger-picture goals week-by-week, and log the details in an ETP?

  10. annette 11 years ago

    Exactly…and to have the big picture goals for the whole year and the EPT on as needed. (I like paper but get frustrated when i have pages and pages i haven’t used which happens to me because i don’t disciplne myself or my schedlue doesn’t deman detailed tracking very often…maybe an average of 5 days a month.)

  11. Paolo Marino 11 years ago

    One think that I believe should be added to the Compact Calendar is the start and end date for daylight saving time (at least for IT projects or projects involving collaboration with people in another time zone it may be handy).

    On the other hand I suppose it would be tricky to add this to the “Almanac” because you’d need (again) localized versions just like you do for the Compact Calendar.

    Just a thought, maybe you can find a way that works with your current distribution and payment model.

  12. Lynn O'Connor 11 years ago

    I am using the ETP year-long version every day. It’s really cool to have this. And yes, I figured out how to save it to another file on my computer. Thanks again for doing this, I’m sure it was tedious but I love it.

  13. Michelle 11 years ago

    This is fantastic! I dropped by your site to check for updated verions of your productivity stationary and I couldn’t be more excited about this. Printing as we speak!

  14. Ashri 11 years ago

    Hi Dave, I’d like to download, but am unable to purchase as I believe the system only allows US purchases. I live in Singapore btw. Is there another way? Paypal perhaps?

    Keep up the work! :)

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    Dave Seah 11 years ago

    Paulo: Yes, I’m sure it would require localization because daylight savings starts in different places. I might make the source XML file available for people to make modifications…hm!

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    Dave Seah 11 years ago

    Lynn, Michelle: Glad you are excited by it!

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    Dave Seah 11 years ago

    Ashri: Did the system prevent you from using a credit card? It should accept major international credit cards (Visa, Mastercard). I’m no longer using PayPal for accepting payments.

  18. Warren 11 years ago

    Hi Dave — I’ve just (re-)discovered your productivity sheets, and I really like them.

    I’d love to have something which is nicely formatted for 1/2 a legal-sized sheet. I take legal-sized paper and bind it to create my own journals; having your ETP or ETT sheets either bound or pasted in would work perfectly.

    I’ve been taking the letter sheets and printing them sideways, which is OK, but it makes everything a bit too tiny.

    Thanks again for the great stationary.