The Pocket PDA

It’s been a while since I’ve said anything about lifehacking — the art of getting things done efficiently through an almost martial arts approach to calendars, inboxes, and to-do lists. There are far wiser voices than I — David Allen’s 43 folder approach is one I looked at and rejected as too paper based — and some make for pretty interesting reads I highly recommend.

The heart and soul of my to-do list is the 3×5″ index card and its leather companion, the pocket ….I don’t know what to call it …. leather sleeve? pocket PDA? I these little wallet-like leather sleeves hold about ten blank cards, a few business cards, hotel room keys, subway cards …. and look quite spiffy poking out of one’s shirt pocket if I must say so.

I got into the habit of carrying one thanks to my best friend, a surgeon who is constantly in need of something to jot down information on the fly. I’ve gone through three or four — ranging from fancy alligator skin ones to my current clunky, but heavy-duty Levenger Shirt Pocket Briefcase.

So, if your New Year’s Resolution was to get your you-know-what together, this is a good start.

Author: David Churbuck

Cape Codder with an itch to write

0 thoughts on “The Pocket PDA”

  1. I’m sure it’s old news to everyone, but http://lifehacker.com is a great blog. According to Reader I only actually read 10% of their stuff, but there is lots of good stuff over there.

    My current attempt at keeping track of life is a little spiral bound notepad and a pen. It’s working reasonably well so far.

  2. I use a wiki … it’s like an online white board the way I use it. I break things down into a couple of pages: client whiteboard, partner whiteboard, people to ping, this week, internal projects. I set it as my browser home page so it’s the first thing I see each morning.

    This is the first time I have ever felt really organized, because I have to read it and have to change it each day to reflect the changes that happen. Everyone finds their own water … this is mine.

  3. I’m a sometime hipster PDA devotee (at least until the iPhone gets some %*^&% to-do list functionality), myself, and I gotta say — the single best technological advance for using that system is the Fisher Space Pen. Perfect companion to your Pocket PDA.

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