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    Hi! I was wondering whether anyone has tried out the cards from www.nextactioncards.com? Seems like a neat, and fairly inexpensive way, to implement GTD. I've had it with the high tech methods and am looking around for a lower tech way.

    Steve

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    Interesting...

    These look interesting. I have to admit, I think they could be better. But alas, they have inspired me to create my own. Look at me, I had a creative moment...all because of GTD.

    Bob

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    • #3
      I think they could be better as well. I think that Douglas Johnston's cards are much better and they are free... you just have to print them out.

      http://www.douglasjohnston.net/weblo...p2_hipsterpda/

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      • #4
        Why not use blank index cards? Put the outcome in the upper right corner. Put your next action IN PENCIL in the upper left corner. Use the rest of the card to capture the other actions you can think of along with any info you gather on the project (confirmation numbers, model numbers, prices, etc.) Sort the cards by context and put a paper clip or rubber band around each category.

        As you complete an action, erase it and penil in the next one. The idea is that you would track the entire project on one card.

        If you want a more elegant holder than rubber bands and paper clips, there is the ScanCard system from the early 80s. They have their own cards, but regular 3X5 cards turned legthwise will fit the pockets. One column in the holder could be for errands, one for at home stuff, one for calls, etc. I know they also use to sell (and may still do so) panels that are hole-punched to fit various sized planners.

        Frank

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        • #5
          On the one hand, I am amazed at the way some people can turn anything into a way to make some money.

          On the other hand, I am amazed at what some people will pay money for!

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          • #6
            NextActionCards.com

            I'm thinking of trying these because they are small - I can't print business card size on my printer unless I buy that paper that has business cards on them that you then cut out. I have played with them, but they are expensive (more than 2X the cost of what this guy is selling - probably more if I figure in ink), time consuming to print and even more time consuming to detach from the paper. I could be wrong, but I think D.I.Y. contemplates index sized cards, which for me have been to bulky to carry around. $10 doesn't seem like a bad deal - it would have to take me at least a half hour to print up 250 myself.

            In fact, I have used the back of my own business cards as a capture tool, but this guy's design looks to allow for quicker categorization and organization. Of course, his design is not perfect, but I think we would all do our own separate designs if we were doing that, based on how we personally use GTD. If I try them, I'll let you know how they worked for me.

            Steve

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            • #7
              Originally posted by BigStory
              On the one hand, I am amazed at the way some people can turn anything into a way to make some money.

              On the other hand, I am amazed at what some people will pay money for!
              Ha, Big Story, you are right. And I'm amazed at how much I've personally paid to try and get organized (GTD book, PalmPilot, misc. software, etc.)!

              Steve

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              • #8
                Bought the cards - like the small format

                I thought about printing my own, and then decided that my time was better spent on other projects. I ordered the cards and have found them helpful.

                The size is perfect. They fit nicely in the NoteTaker wallet, but aren't so small that I lose them in my in-basket. If I had an easy way to print on this size card stock, maybe I'd tweak the layout a bit, but I'm happy with my purchase.

                I've found that forcing myself to fill out the context, priority, and due date at the time I make the note is very helpful.

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