About a month ago, I discovered the Hipster PDA. The library sells 100-packs of index cards for a quarter each, so I grabbed some loose change and bought a couple hundred. I’d keep a dozen or so loose in my back pocket and jot reminders to myself on them - mostly things I needed to remember to do. A week later, I stopped by the book store and bought a pack of binder clips to keep them together. The finished product can be seen to the right.
43 Folders has since suggested a number of different tips for using the Hipster PDA, most of them focusing on the Getting Things Done system. I only got a few pages into it before I lost interest, so I never became one of the hardcore productivity nuts. Rather than having a systematic method to it, I think it’s nice just to be able to jot down notes when I need to. In any given day, there are dozens of things I think of during class, like project ideas, upcoming seminars, mailing a credit card bill, or making a phone call after class. I’ve been finding more and more that making a quick note is a lot more efficient than just hoping I don’t forget about it. When I come home at the end of the day, I pull out the stack and take care of things I need to do, or put reminders in iCal for things that are coming up. It comes in real handy.
If anyone wants to give it a try, let me know; the binder clips only came in variety packs, so I’ve got 5 or 6 more of them and about 500 index cards.