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[[Image:306276210_e2fcd5d4eb_m.jpg|thumb|240px|Transfer of cards in the PoIC]]
 
[[Image:306276210_e2fcd5d4eb_m.jpg|thumb|240px|Transfer of cards in the PoIC]]
  
I use other things to enhance this system. The main contributer is a ''''field note''''. This is used as temporal memory. The another is ''''Moleskine Memo Pocket'''' (icPod). It is modified to carry an 5x3 index cards around.
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I use two more things to enhance this system. One is a ''''Fieldnote'''' which is used as temporary memory. Another is ''''Moleskine Memo Pocket''''. It is modified to carry 5x3 index cards around. These two tools are something like a net and cage. Take and prepare a net and cage all time for appearance of butterflies.
  
== Kokuyo Field Note ==
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== Fieldnote ==
 
[[Image:179607720_2b33050172_m.jpg‎|thumb|240px|left|Kokuyo field note with elastic band addition hack.]]
 
[[Image:179607720_2b33050172_m.jpg‎|thumb|240px|left|Kokuyo field note with elastic band addition hack.]]
  
測量野帳 (Sokuryo Yacho, field note) is used among surveying engineer, field scientist for long time. [http://www.kokuyo.co.jp/ コクヨ (Kokuyo)], a Japanese largest stationery company, sells field note in several format ; sketch book (quadrille), level book, etc. Of course, I use quadrille. It seems the Kokuyo's fieldnote is the only solution in Japan.
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A fieldnote is used among surveying engineer, field scientist for long time. [[参考資料|Umesao Tadao]] and [[参考資料|Kawakita Jiro]] both wrote productivity book related to index cards in 1960' to 1970'. According to their books, they used to use this kind of fieldnote since they are field scientist.
  
[[Reference_books|梅棹忠夫]] (Umesao, Tadao) and [[Reference_books|川喜田二郎]] (Kawakita, Jiro) both wrote productivity book related to index cards in 1960' to 1970'. According to their books, they use this kind of field note since they are field scientist. I have been using the field note on my job, too. Through my experience, I found I can use it not only for field work, but also personal idea capturing media.
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I met fieldnote through field work on my job, too. Through my own experience, I found I can use it not only for field work, but also personal idea capturing media.
  
I hack the field note by adding elastic band as you see in the picture. It enables to bind a pencil between current pages. I use a pencil itself as bookmark. I open page in a second.
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[http://www.kokuyo.co.jp/ Kokuyo] sells fieldnote in several format ; sketch book (quadrille), level book, etc. I use quadrille as usual. I hack the fieldnote by adding elastic band as seen in the picture. It enables to bind a pencil between current pages. I use a pencil itself as bookmark. Then I can open current page in a second.
  
==== Why Field Note? ====
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==== Why Fieldnote? ====
[[Image:370501189_0905fc7da8_m.jpg‎|thumb|180px|8 mm thickness, 80 pages, 80 g, 3 mm quadrille. Available at [http://pileofindexcards.org/service/ the PoIC Service].]]
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[[Image:370501189_0905fc7da8_m.jpg‎|thumb|180px|8 mm thickness, 80 pages, 80 g, 3 mm quadrille.]]
  
'''Toughness''' : It is designed for outdoor use, as it's nature. It's thick hard cover enable to take a note in any posture. As you start to use index cards, you will find many situation you cannot write index card. Ideas emerge in anytime/anywhere, in a train, in a bed, in a darkness. The field note is the best as idea capturing media in such situation.
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'''Toughness''' : It is designed for outdoor use, as it's nature. It's thick hard cover enable to take a note in any posture. As I started to use index cards, I found many situation I cannot write index card. Ideas emerge in anytime/anywhere, in a train, in a bed, in a darkness. The field note is the best idea capturing media in such situation.
  
'''Reasonable''' : Kokuyo's field note costs only $1.5. Surprisingly, the quality is enough good even such reasonable price. I use the field note as temporal memory in metaphor of  "virtual memory" on computer. It works well if it won't cost too much. Imagine if a note costs $20, like Moleskine actually does, one surely hesitate to write small ideas on it. A high price makes us feel that we have to write something "important". However, it doesn't make sense if we don't use a note in daily base. A note should not be a "souvenir". The low price (but high quality) of the field note makes me feel free to write anything.
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'''Reasonable''' : Surprisingly, the quality is enough good even such a reasonable price. I use the field note as temporal memory in metaphor of  "virtual memory" on computer. It works well if it reasonable. Imagine if a note costs $20, like Moleskine actually does, one surely hesitate to write small ideas on it. A high price makes us feel that we have to write something "important". However, it doesn't make sense if we don't use a note in daily base. A note should not be a "souvenir". The low price (but high quality) of the fieldnote makes me feel free to write anything.
  
 
==== Why not hipster PDA ? ====
 
==== Why not hipster PDA ? ====
It might be a simple and natural question. Because the hipster PDA (hPDA) uses 5x3 index cards, too.
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It might be a simple and natural question to ask "Why don't you use hipster PDA?". Because the hipster PDA (hPDA) uses 5x3 index cards, too.
  
I used to try hPDA prior to the fieldnote. But it is not compatible with this system in several reason.
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In fact, I used to try hPDA prior to the fieldnote. But it is completely incompatible with my system in several reason.
  
* it uses 5x3 index cards in portrait (vertical). This is troublesome not only for writing format in this system, but also when storing in the Dock. Conversely, it is difficult to use hPDA in landscape (horizontal) because It doesn't fit for hand.
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* hPDA uses index cards in portrait (vertical) : It works good for listing action items, but troublesome for [[Index Cards Protocol|writing format]] in PoIC. Conversely, it is difficult to use hPDA in landscape (horizontal) because It doesn't fit for hand.
* it is impossible to write better letter on hPDA. In this system, an index card is data which consists a database. It means we should write in better letter for good visibility.
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* it is impossible to write better letter on hPDA. In PoIC, individual index card is data for future use. I should write in better letter for good visibility.
* it is dissipative. It hold just with a single clip. But I really don't want lost my cards. Also, I used to wash hPDA together with shirts.
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* hPDA is dissipative. Single clip is to weak and easily break down. Also, I used to wash hPDA together with shirts.
  
It is somewhat paradoxical but the field note is more compatible with this system than hPDA.
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I met so many dilemma with hPDA in PoIC system. It is somewhat paradoxical but the field note is more compatible with PoIC.
  
 
== Moleskine Memo Pockets (icPod) ==
 
== Moleskine Memo Pockets (icPod) ==
 
[[Image:363017310_693b8f28a2_m.jpg|thumb|240px|Introducing icPod]]
 
[[Image:363017310_693b8f28a2_m.jpg|thumb|240px|Introducing icPod]]
  
I use [http://www.mojolondon.co.uk/stationery/moleskine/pocket/moleskine_memopockets_pocket.htm Moleskine Memo Pocket] as mobile card box. In the PoIC, we collect not only GTD stuff, but all thoughts including Records, Discovery, and Reference by using index cards. It is quite possible a number of cards exceed 30 per day. A clip-holded hipster PDA is not compatible with the PoIC. All we need here is not something like portable RAM, but a portable storage like iPod.
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I use [http://www.mojolondon.co.uk/stationery/moleskine/pocket/moleskine_memopockets_pocket.htm Moleskine Memo Pocket] as mobile index card box. In the PoIC, I collect not only GTD stuff, but all thoughts including Records, Discovery, and Cite by using index cards. It is quite possible a number of cards exceed 30 per day. A clip-holded hipster PDA is totally incompatible with PoIC. All I need is not like portable RAM, but a portable HDD like iPod.
  
Taking 5x3 index cards around using Moleskine is originally [http://www.flickr.com/photos/sempai/sets/72057594071695110/ rewl's idea]. But the Moleskine's pockets are just-fit for 5x3 size and inconvenient to put/pick index cards inside. Another problem is the accordion is too high. It prevent us to see what cards inside. In order to overcome these problem, I hack the Memo Pockets as following,
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Taking 5x3 index cards around using Moleskine is originally [http://www.flickr.com/photos/sempai/sets/72057594071695110/ rewl's idea]. But the Moleskine's pockets are just-fit for 5x3 size and inconvenient to put/pick index cards inside. Another problem is the accordion is too high. It prevent me to see what is inside. To overcome these problem, I hack the Memo Pockets as following,
  
 
# Fold all accordions in reverse,
 
# Fold all accordions in reverse,
Line 42: Line 42:
  
 
There are 6 pockets in the Memo Pockets. The dividers are Monday through Friday, plus Someday/Maybe and Next Action comes front end. I put all cards in front of each divider in order to see the title and time tag.
 
There are 6 pockets in the Memo Pockets. The dividers are Monday through Friday, plus Someday/Maybe and Next Action comes front end. I put all cards in front of each divider in order to see the title and time tag.
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See detailed [http://www.flickr.com/photos/hawkexpress/sets/72157594189436372/ modification procedure]  on the flickr.
  
 
==== Dock and Pod ====
 
==== Dock and Pod ====
Since I have called a card box as “Dock”, it is natural to name this modified Memo Pockets as “Pod”. It resemble to a concept of the iPod, too : A thousand songs in your pocket. It resemble to space vehicle in Sci-Fi and animation like “Gundam” as well. This pod is for index cards, so I call it '''icPod'''. :)
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Since I have called a card box as “Dock”, it is natural to name this modified Memo Pockets as “Pod”. It resemble to a concept of the iPod, too : A thousand songs in your pocket. It resemble to space vehicle in Sci-Fi as well. This pod is for index cards, so I personally call it as '''icPod'''.
  
If we settle it just in front of the Dock, the meaning of name Pod is clear ; stable dock and mobile pod. A spacial sequence corresponds to temporal one, "here to there" equal "now to past".
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If I settle icPod just in front of the Dock, the meaning of name Pod is clear ; stable dock and mobile pod. A spacial sequence corresponds to temporal one, "there to here" equal "past to now".
 
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I show the [http://www.flickr.com/photos/hawkexpress/sets/72157594189436372/ detailed modification procedure]  on the flickr.
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==== What is inside the icPod? ====
 
==== What is inside the icPod? ====
Since I use the field note for mobile idea capturer, I don't need to take blank index cards with icPod. The Cards in the icPod are all I have written.
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Since I use the fieldnote for mobile idea capturer, I don't need to take blank index cards with icPod. The Cards in the icPod are all I have written.
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==== Tips ====
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* [http://www.flickr.com/photos/16932577@N00/388218446/ Akiyo decorates her icPod] with decoration paper.
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* Leather Craftman hand-made [http://www.flickr.com/photos/shirouto/418630211 SeedPod].
  
 
== External Links ==
 
== External Links ==
* [http://www.kokuyo.co.jp/ コクヨ (Kokuyo)]
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* [http://www.kokuyo.co.jp/ Kokuyo]
* Moleskine Official
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* [http://www.moleskines.com/ Moleskine.com Moleskine Official]
** [http://www.moleskines.com/ Moleskine.com]
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** [http://www.moleskineus.com/ Moleskineus]
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<div align="right">[[Main system]] << [[Main Page#Table of Contents|Main Page]] >> [[Four Cards]]</div>
** [http://www.moleskine.co.uk/ Moleskine.co.uk]
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** [http://www.mojolondon.co.uk/stationery/moleskine/pocket/moleskine_memopockets_pocket.htm Mojolondon]
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* Moleskine Memo Pockets at Amazon
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** [http://www.amazon.com/Moleskine-Small-Memo-Pockets-Legendary/dp/B00069DKWU/sr=8-19/qid=1164960387/ref=sr_1_19/102-9815091-2234546?ie=UTF8&s=office-products Amazon.com]
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** [http://www.amazon.co.uk/Moleskine-Pocket-Memo-Pockets/dp/8883701062/sr=8-1/qid=1165025382/ref=sr_1_1/202-3684982-1411032?ie=UTF8&s=books Amazon.co.uk]
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** [http://www.amazon.de/Moleskine-Memo-Pockets-Fächermappe-Taschen-Gummiband-Verschluß/dp/8883701062/sr=8-1/qid=1165025137/ref=sr_1_1/303-8994799-2032244?ie=UTF8&s=books-intl-de Amazon.de]
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** [http://www.amazon.fr/Moleskine-Pocket-Memo-Pockets/dp/8883701062/sr=11-1/qid=1165025259/ref=sr_11_1/403-5086645-8266841 Amazon.fr]
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** [http://www.amazon.co.jp/gp/product/8883701062/sr=8-6/qid=1165024862/ref=sr_1_6/250-0656927-0150666?ie=UTF8&s=english-books Amazon.co.jp]
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Latest revision as of 21:21, 29 July 2008

Transfer of cards in the PoIC

I use two more things to enhance this system. One is a 'Fieldnote' which is used as temporary memory. Another is 'Moleskine Memo Pocket'. It is modified to carry 5x3 index cards around. These two tools are something like a net and cage. Take and prepare a net and cage all time for appearance of butterflies.

Fieldnote

Kokuyo field note with elastic band addition hack.

A fieldnote is used among surveying engineer, field scientist for long time. Umesao Tadao and Kawakita Jiro both wrote productivity book related to index cards in 1960' to 1970'. According to their books, they used to use this kind of fieldnote since they are field scientist.

I met fieldnote through field work on my job, too. Through my own experience, I found I can use it not only for field work, but also personal idea capturing media.

Kokuyo sells fieldnote in several format ; sketch book (quadrille), level book, etc. I use quadrille as usual. I hack the fieldnote by adding elastic band as seen in the picture. It enables to bind a pencil between current pages. I use a pencil itself as bookmark. Then I can open current page in a second.

Why Fieldnote?

8 mm thickness, 80 pages, 80 g, 3 mm quadrille.

Toughness : It is designed for outdoor use, as it's nature. It's thick hard cover enable to take a note in any posture. As I started to use index cards, I found many situation I cannot write index card. Ideas emerge in anytime/anywhere, in a train, in a bed, in a darkness. The field note is the best idea capturing media in such situation.

Reasonable : Surprisingly, the quality is enough good even such a reasonable price. I use the field note as temporal memory in metaphor of "virtual memory" on computer. It works well if it reasonable. Imagine if a note costs $20, like Moleskine actually does, one surely hesitate to write small ideas on it. A high price makes us feel that we have to write something "important". However, it doesn't make sense if we don't use a note in daily base. A note should not be a "souvenir". The low price (but high quality) of the fieldnote makes me feel free to write anything.

Why not hipster PDA ?

It might be a simple and natural question to ask "Why don't you use hipster PDA?". Because the hipster PDA (hPDA) uses 5x3 index cards, too.

In fact, I used to try hPDA prior to the fieldnote. But it is completely incompatible with my system in several reason.

  • hPDA uses index cards in portrait (vertical) : It works good for listing action items, but troublesome for writing format in PoIC. Conversely, it is difficult to use hPDA in landscape (horizontal) because It doesn't fit for hand.
  • it is impossible to write better letter on hPDA. In PoIC, individual index card is data for future use. I should write in better letter for good visibility.
  • hPDA is dissipative. Single clip is to weak and easily break down. Also, I used to wash hPDA together with shirts.

I met so many dilemma with hPDA in PoIC system. It is somewhat paradoxical but the field note is more compatible with PoIC.

Moleskine Memo Pockets (icPod)

Introducing icPod

I use Moleskine Memo Pocket as mobile index card box. In the PoIC, I collect not only GTD stuff, but all thoughts including Records, Discovery, and Cite by using index cards. It is quite possible a number of cards exceed 30 per day. A clip-holded hipster PDA is totally incompatible with PoIC. All I need is not like portable RAM, but a portable HDD like iPod.

Taking 5x3 index cards around using Moleskine is originally rewl's idea. But the Moleskine's pockets are just-fit for 5x3 size and inconvenient to put/pick index cards inside. Another problem is the accordion is too high. It prevent me to see what is inside. To overcome these problem, I hack the Memo Pockets as following,

  1. Fold all accordions in reverse,
  2. Cut away half length of the pockets, then
  3. Put dividers for each pockets.

There are 6 pockets in the Memo Pockets. The dividers are Monday through Friday, plus Someday/Maybe and Next Action comes front end. I put all cards in front of each divider in order to see the title and time tag.

See detailed modification procedure on the flickr.

Dock and Pod

Since I have called a card box as “Dock”, it is natural to name this modified Memo Pockets as “Pod”. It resemble to a concept of the iPod, too : A thousand songs in your pocket. It resemble to space vehicle in Sci-Fi as well. This pod is for index cards, so I personally call it as icPod.

If I settle icPod just in front of the Dock, the meaning of name Pod is clear ; stable dock and mobile pod. A spacial sequence corresponds to temporal one, "there to here" equal "past to now".

What is inside the icPod?

Since I use the fieldnote for mobile idea capturer, I don't need to take blank index cards with icPod. The Cards in the icPod are all I have written.

Tips

External Links