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  • Ubiquitous Capture Tool

    I've known about GTD for months and am starting to feel like I'm really getting the ball rolling.

    When David mentions in the book, getting a tool you enjoy using helps a great deal, I can totally agree. My system really started when I got my iPhone, because I wanted a reason to play with it.

    However, I worry about that becoming my primary capture tool. Right now, it seems to be working ok; however, there are times that I want to sit and brainstorm at a random place and the interface just isn't conductive for that. Usually my capture, right now, consist of short notes that I e-mail myself.

    I'm beginning to think I need a paper-based tool as well, but I'm trying to figure out something that will fit my lifestyle. I work a day job in an office and wait tables at night and on weekends. I have a 45 minute commute to the day job and about the same amount home, whether or not I work the second job that day. Add in, during my free nights, I usually spend several hours over at my mom's for some quality time with my kids. (I'm a single dad of two little girls and with two jobs and 12 credit hours of school online, it's not fair to them for them to stay with me right now.) And several nights a week after either the second job or spending time with the kids, I will go crash over at my girlfriend's place as well.

    So I'm looking for something that is fairly portable, but rugged enough to have in my back pocket while I wait tables, so I can jot stuff down/brainstorm during slow periods in the restaurant. I tried the HipsterPDA at one point, but all the cards got pretty mangled in the process.

    The other thing I really need with it, is a way to make sure I keep it with me. (That's why the iPhone has become so valuable, I once, years ago, had a PDA that I would always forget. I always have my phone on me, so this has become ubiquitous for me.) So maybe it could be my wallet as well? I tried to find some sort of iPhone case with a notebook without much luck.

    I've got all of my lists in Google Docs, so although I can't edit them, I do always have access to my lists through my phone. I just need an easier way to capture I guess...

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    Check the DavidCo wallet, I really like them, I had many like those before, but was not until the NoteTakerWallet that I made them really ubiquitous.

    Best,

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    • #3
      Moleskine

      I've started carrying a Moleskine (which I've nicknamed the "Smalleskine" instead of a Palm device for Ubiquitous Capture. I've also picked up several Zebra retracting pens from Office Max. I love both of them, and would recommend them highly. They're quite portable, and I carry them both in my front pocket, so they're always with me to jot an idea.

      Hope this helps!

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      • #4
        I'm using the Buxton knockoff of the Levenger Shirt Pocket Briefcase. I got it at Staples for $10. I carry 6-10 index cards... just enough for quick capture and some brainstorming on the fly, and refills are cheap and ubiquitous.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by notmuch View Post
          I'm using the Buxton knockoff of the Levenger Shirt Pocket Briefcase. I got it at Staples for $10. I carry 6-10 index cards... just enough for quick capture and some brainstorming on the fly, and refills are cheap and ubiquitous.
          Thanks for this hint, it seems to be a nice tool which would fit my needs. I hope I get it or something equivalent here.

          Yours
          Alexander

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          • #6
            Moleskine

            Moleskine Reporter Notebooks are great capture tools. The size of mine is 9 x 14 cm (3.5 x 5.5 inch).

            Rainer

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            • #7
              I was going to suggest the same thing. I use a pocket Moleskine myself, but thought the reporter style might be best for a back pocket type of use.

              Adam

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              • #8
                Seconding the pocket moleskine.

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                • #9
                  GTD NoteTaker Wallet!

                  GTD NoteTaker Wallet or GTD Trifold NoteTaker Wallet depending on the size of the personal documents you have to carry with yourself. In Poland car documents are to wide to fit in the standard GTD NoteTaker Wallet so I've purchased GTD Trifold NoteTaker Wallet recently. It has enough room for car documents, ID document, driving license, credit cards, some cash and is equipped with small reporter-style perforated notepad and expandable pen. Recommended!

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                  • #10
                    Mobile phone voice memo?

                    Terminalwriter,

                    Don't forget that a lot of mobile phones have a "voice memo" function - I use this facility a lot - just take a voice memo and drop the phone into my in-basket when I get to home/office.

                    *Edit* - I see that you're using an iPhone which currently doesn't have a memo taking facility - apologies. However I note that Apple is producing a third-party dev kit which should help people create a voice memo app - but this isn't coming along until Feb.

                    Also you can take notes in this situation when you're walking along with only one hand free ...

                    HTH - J.
                    Last edited by jsturtridge; 10-18-2007, 05:01 AM.

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                    • #11
                      Japanese note-taker wallet

                      I've posted some photos of my Japanese note-taker wallet here:
                      http://picasaweb.google.com/phillipw...DGearFromJapan

                      Phil

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                      • #12
                        Problem with voice recorder / mobile phone's voice memo function.

                        Originally posted by jsturtridge View Post
                        Don't forget that a lot of mobile phones have a "voice memo" function - I use this facility a lot - just take a voice memo and drop the phone into my in-basket when I get to home/office.
                        I have a problem with voice recorder / mobile phone's voice memo function - I hate to retrieve the voice information. So a voice recorder becomes the UBH - Ubiquitous Black Hole.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by TesTeq View Post
                          I have a problem with voice recorder / mobile phone's voice memo function - I hate to retrieve the voice information. So a voice recorder becomes the UBH - Ubiquitous Black Hole.
                          I as well don't love it, especially because I commute by bycicle with some little hills. You might imagine how the recording sounds ii it was taken while I was cycling uphill.
                          But nevertheless if I drive by car the recorder is the best UCT for me.

                          Yours
                          Alexander

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                          • #14
                            Jott

                            Originally posted by TesTeq View Post
                            I have a problem with voice recorder / mobile phone's voice memo function - I hate to retrieve the voice information. So a voice recorder becomes the UBH - Ubiquitous Black Hole.
                            This is where Jott could come in handy. Rather than record something on your mobile phone's voice memo function, dial Jott, say what's on your mind, and let it show up as a transcribed email in your email inbox a few minutes later for processing.

                            Not affiliated, just a user.

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                            • #15
                              And to the original poster, don't forget the function of the ubiquitous capture tool: capture. A capture tool doesn't have to be the same tool / place used to store your lists.

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