The Card — Execupundit

The Card — Execupundit

I use Trello to keep track of things, note progress, and squish special projects onto one “board.”

Handy enough.

But my real guide for the day is a simple notecard.

Yep. Mr. Wade is onto something here.

I’ve been running my whole day-to-day life off of 3×5 card for about 20 years now.

On the front of the card I write down the tasks I’d like to get done (and really believe I can get done) that day.

On the back of the card, I capture any incoming tasks that pop up or things I need to write down — like a scratch pad (i.e, things that won’t get done today but I’d like to keep for some other time).

As I get stuff done, I mark it done. Things that don’t get done either get moved to the next day’s list or deferred for later. I notate all of that using my Dash/Plus method for each item at the end of the day.

I keep the card upright, in my face, and looking pretty using Ugmonk’s Analog card holder (just the holder, I use my own 3×5 cards).

Simple. Effective. Never runs out of battery. What we believe in.

Benefits of a daily diary and topic journals

Benefits of a daily diary and topic journals | Derek Sivers

I’ve posted and written lots of stuff about the benefits of keeping a daily journal. But, Mr. Sivers introduces another idea that I love and plan to develop — A “Thoughts On” Journal…

There are certain subjects in your life you think about a lot. People, places, hobbies, health, plans, finances.

For each subject that you might have ongoing thoughts about, start a separate “Thoughts On” journal. Whenever you have some thoughts on this subject, open up that file, write today’s date, then start writing.

Love this. There are also a few other ideas presented here worth exploring.

The Simplest Combo to Maximize Your Productivity

The Simplest Combo to Maximize Your Productivity | by Jason Markow | MUCHMORE | Apr, 2021 | Medium

In an age of endless productivity apps, nothing comes close to the deceptively simple combo of The Ivy Lee Method + Analog to master your productivity.

I’d never heard of the Ivy Lee method before. Found this post interesting (and I just received an Analog card holder of my own from Ugmonk and I hope to write about it soon).

Handwriting vs. typing: Study shows which is best for notes — Fast Company

Handwriting vs. typing: Study shows which is best for notes

A new study from the University of Tokyo concludes that writing with a stylus or typing on a touchscreen keyboard just isn’t the same as handwriting. “Our take-home message is to use paper notebooks for information you need to learn or memorize,” noted coauthor Kuniyoshi Sakai, a neuroscientist at the University of Tokyo.

As kind of a counter balance to Shawn’s post below. It this doesn’t have to be an either or thing. Every tool has its proper use. Digital may be the right choice for some things. Paper for others.