Archive for January, 2011

The final ultraportable system

January 27th, 2011

Just wanted to post a snapshot of the final system:
. Zebra Telescopic Pen
. Handmade carrying case (enough for 7 mini notes)
Been using it a few times today, and I am pleasantly surprised and happy with the setup.

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January 26th, 2011

And it’s done. Now just to finalize the overall template and test out different paper and weights.

I love quick turn around projects. :)

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Mini Notes+GTD

January 26th, 2011
I am a big believer in the whole GTD process and concept, and have been looking for a sensible way to achieve the state of ‘flow’ in a paper system. I’d given the ActionMethod stuff a try and while I like it a lot, there are a few things I’d like to see added to the overall system. So what I ended up doing was creating my own flavor of a GTD paper system which satisfies the following goals:
. Keep it small and portable
. Make it cool and fun to use
. Make it easy to get into a digital archive
. Allow me to assign Projects, Tags, and Due Dates
. Make it customizable
. Have it look slick so I want to keep using it
My first foray into the system was to basically mimic the ActionMethod layout and create my own Cahier styled books. While this was a fun project, it became quite time consuming rather quickly.
Next, after looking @ the Evernote Blog, I saw a flash of a ‘good idea’ presented to me. Someone on the Video Blog asked about the Evernote Leather notebooks, and when I saw Andrew unfold the paper that was inserted in the beautiful carrier, I knew I had to try applying my paper system exploration to this format.
To make a long story short, below you can see my two snapshots of the paper prototype system working. I have some additional thoughts around improving it, and will no doubt refine this once I bring it into Illustrator to lay down the template for the note. Look for a downloadable .PDF in the near future.

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January 24th, 2011

Take hand written notes comprised of text, mind maps and sketches, and have it all be digital and searchable locally and in the Cloud.
Action Method, Livescribe+GTD and Evernote being used to achieve digital notes which can be synced, and organized and searched via ICR.

In my quest for ever greater efficiency and fluidity, I’ve gone back to look @ how well my Echo Pen will work with the ActionMethod system I’ve tweaked and customized for my own needs. While the Livescribe angle is interesting and doable provided you use their custom books, I was hoping that I could achieve the same results as my hand made books with printable Notebooks.

I’ve tracked down a set of Blank Pages to print out, however, I don’t know if it’s the paper or the print out, but not all of my lines aren’t digitizing properly. I have noticed that the laser printer I am using tends to make the page a little slick after the image is set to paper, so I think I will have to do a little more testing with a high end Ink Jet printer to see if the experience improves.

Anyhow, I have two ways of achieving the ActionMethod technique. The first is to just draw out the layout in the LiveScribe notebook, and the other is to print out the Blank Pages and Overprint the ActionMethod layout on top of it.

Here are a couple snapshots:

The benefit of drawing out the layout is that all the items I’ve drawn and written will import perfectly, whereas if I go the custom printed route, I tend to notice missing lines and shapes, as if the dot paper has been compromised in some form or fashion. I am going to continue testing this out with different paper and printers to see if it ever works.

I wish ActionMethod and Livescribe would partner to create some custom books geared toward the GTD community. I know it’s a rather small and vertical market, but I feel it’s a pretty dedicated group of people who would totally embrace the concept.

I hope this was interesting.


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MyThoughts Mind Mapping + GTD

January 17th, 2011

Below is a sample of a GTD inspired Template i’ve created for myself. This is how I go about developing Projects from an Idea Based perspective. If you haven’t check out MyThoughts for the Mac, you really should:

MyThoughts for Mac

Let me know if you use the app and would like me to send you the file.

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Paper+GTD+Hand Made Cahiers

January 17th, 2011

I’ve been looking @ different ways of applying GTD to paper, and I’ve seen the Action Method books from Behance. While they are quite nice, I felt that the information on the page didn’t offer everything I value, so I decided to create my own flavor for my own type of workflow.

Here is a link to the .PDF for anyone who wants to print it themselves: tasksheet

Source of Inspiration: ActionMethod

Below, you can see what I ended up doing. I just bind the 20 or so pages in a Cahier style using staples and some nice cover stock:

The book consists of a capture area and a Task module

Closeup of Tasks and notes

Another closeup

Custom Cahier Notebook

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A little poem and illustration for Polito

January 1st, 2011
A new illustration and poem for Polito to start off the New Year.Polito

A little illustration for Polito