I use other things to enhance this sytem. The main contributer for the support system is a Fieldnote. This is used as temporal memory. The another is Moleskine Memo Pocket. It is modified to carry an indexcard.
Field note (野帳, Yacho) is mainly used by surveying engineer, field scientist etc. for long time. Kokuyo, a Japanese largest stationery company, sells fieldnote in several format with sketch book (quadrille), level book, etc. Of course, I use quadrille one. It seems the Kokuyo's fieldnote is the only solution in Japan.
Umesao and Kitagawa, according to their books, seems to use this kind of fieldnote since they are field scientist. I have been using the fieldnote on my job, too. Through my experience, I found I can use it not only for field work, but also personal idea capturing media.
I hack the fieldnote by adding elastic band as you see in the picture above. It enables to put a pencil between current writing pages. I use a pencil itself as bookmark. I open current page in a second.
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 indexcard, you will find many situation you cannot write indexcard. Ideas emerge in anytime/anywhere, in a train, in a bed, in a darkness. The fieldnote is the best as idea capturing media in such situation.
Reasonable : Kokuyo's fieldnote costs only $1.5. Surprisingly, the quality is enough good even such reasonable price. I use the fieldnote 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 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.
Revised : 2006.12.21 9:52
Why not hipsterPDA ?
It might be a simple and natural question. Because the hipsterPDA (hPDA) uses 5x3 indexcard, too.
I used to try hPDA prior to the fieldnote. But it is not compatible with this system in several reason.
- it uses indexcard 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.
- it is impossible to write better letter on hPDA. In this system, an indexcard is data which consists a database. It means we 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...
It is somewhat paradoxical but the fieldnote is more compatible with this system than hPDA. In a conceptual meaning, the KM2P is much closer to the hPDA.
icPod (Moleskine Memo Pockets)
I use 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 cards. A number of card sometimes exceed 30 per day. A clip-holded Hipster PDA is not suit for this method. So all we need here is not something like portable RAM, but a portable strage like iPod.
Taking index card around using Moleskine is originally rewl's idea. But it's pockets are just-fit for 5x3 index card and inconvenient to put/pick cards inside. In order to overcome this problem, I reverse folded the characteristic accordion. Another problem is the accordion is too high. It prevent us to see what cards inside. So I remove half length of the accordion. So the customize is simple,
- Fold all accordions in reverse,
- Cut away half length of the pockets, then
- Put dividers for each 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.
Since I have called a card storage as “Dock”, it is natural to name this modified Moleskine 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 Japanese animation like “Gundam” as well. The Dock-Pod relationship in PoIC system is clearer. Now the Pod is much more than just a shuttle. Further, this pod is for index cards, so I call it 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".
I show the detailed modification procedure on the flickr.