This Smart Planner Lets You Switch Seamlessly Between Handwritten and Digital Notes


Digital calendars and note-taking apps are convenient on the go, but sometimes you just want the physicality of writing by hand in a paper notebook. A new smart notebook makes sure you never have to choose between the two.

Organicer is both a paper planner and a digital calendar app. You can take notes by hand in the physical notebook, then transfer it easily to the app with the help of QR codes. You can then edit and tag your notes, create checklists, set calendar reminders, and share items in the app.


The extensive 300-page planner is organized similarly to a bullet journal, with pages for goals, brainstorming, habit tracking, and lists as well as overview calendars for the year and each individual month. There are 52 weekly calendar schedules organized by time, with half-hour appointment slots from 6 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. each day of the week. There are also separate pages for checklists that you can use to write down your daily tasks or your grocery list.


Each page features a QR code that allows you to capture your lists and upload them to the app. Each day on the weekly schedule has its own QR code, as does each checklist. When you upload your daily appointment schedule, the app will automatically create calendar reminders for those events at those times. You can upload and share your checklists with friends, giving them the option to receive a notification when you complete a task (a particularly handy feature when it comes to grocery lists).


Organicer isn't the first notebook to try to bridge the gap between handwritten and digital notes. Neo's smart pen, for one, digitizes your notes as you write, uploading your scribbles from your Neo notebook to the cloud. But Organicer, by contrast, doesn't require you to carry a special pen or turn anything on. You do have to remember to whip out your phone and snap that QR code, but it also comes much cheaper. Each notebook costs less than $40, compared to $129 for a Neo pen.

Organicer just launched on Kickstarter, and is currently going for $33 with early bird pricing. Get it here.

Looking to Downsize? You Can Buy a 5-Room DIY Cabin on Amazon for Less Than $33,000

Five rooms of one's own.
Five rooms of one's own.

If you’ve already mastered DIY houses for birds and dogs, maybe it’s time you built one for yourself.

As Simplemost reports, there are a number of house kits that you can order on Amazon, and the Allwood Avalon Cabin Kit is one of the quaintest—and, at $32,990, most affordable—options. The 540-square-foot structure has enough space for a kitchen, a bathroom, a bedroom, and a sitting room—and there’s an additional 218-square-foot loft with the potential to be the coziest reading nook of all time.

You can opt for three larger rooms if you're willing to skip the kitchen and bathroom.Allwood/Amazon

The construction process might not be a great idea for someone who’s never picked up a hammer, but you don’t need an architectural degree to tackle it. Step-by-step instructions and all materials are included, so it’s a little like a high-level IKEA project. According to the Amazon listing, it takes two adults about a week to complete. Since the Nordic wood walls are reinforced with steel rods, the house can withstand winds up to 120 mph, and you can pay an extra $1000 to upgrade from double-glass windows and doors to triple-glass for added fortification.

Sadly, the cool ceiling lamp is not included.Allwood/Amazon

Though everything you need for the shell of the house comes in the kit, you will need to purchase whatever goes inside it: toilet, shower, sink, stove, insulation, and all other furnishings. You can also customize the blueprint to fit your own plans for the space; maybe, for example, you’re going to use the house as a small event venue, and you’d rather have two or three large, airy rooms and no kitchen or bedroom.

Intrigued? Find out more here.

[h/t Simplemost]

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The U.S. Postal Service Is Struggling—Buying Stamps Can Help

Inclement weather doesn't stop them, but a lack of funding could.
Inclement weather doesn't stop them, but a lack of funding could.
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Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, businesses have drastically reduced the number of advertisements and other marketing materials they’re sending to consumers—and since a considerable chunk of the U.S. Postal Service’s (USPS) revenue comes from those large mailings, the ongoing crisis has put the organization in a tough spot.

The importance of keeping the USPS afloat goes beyond simply wanting to preserve something that’s been around since the dawn of U.S. history. As Lifehacker explains, the institution delivers mail to every single household in the nation—be it by truck, boat, or even mule—which makes it a critical method of circulating necessary documents like paychecks and voting ballots. Without the USPS, it would be difficult to reach rural residents who might not have consistent phone or internet service.

So, how can we help? The USPS doesn’t get any taxpayer funds, relying instead on the sale of stamps and various shipping supplies. In other words, the best way to put money into the pockets of our postal guardians is to stock up on stamps.

There are dozens of different designs listed on USPS’s online store, which makes this charitable endeavor an especially fun one. You can, for example, decorate your envelope with Sally Ride, Scooby-Doo, or celebrated broadcast journalist Gwen Ifill. There are plenty of fruits and flowers to choose from, too, and even a lovely illustration of Walt Whitman, complete with a very thick mustache and a very piercing gaze. And we’d be remiss not to mention the existence of this mail carrier dog costume, which only costs $18.

An American

If you’d like to go the extra mile, you can also sign a petition to save the USPS by texting “USPS” to the number 50409. A chat program called Resistbot will walk you through the steps to add your name, and it’ll even send an automated message to your senators, letting them know you’ve signed the petition and support the continued operation of the USPS. You will have to enter your name, email address, and residential address, but the whole process takes about two minutes.

[h/t Lifehacker]