43 Folders

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”What’s 43 Folders?”
43Folders.com is Merlin Mann’s website about finding the time and attention to do your best creative work.

Efficient little GTD package

Getting Things Done — my way .

I dig how Doug’s combined his tools (and, like, three different memetic atoms) for his Hipster PDA mod.

Rather than bind the cards with a binder clip, I wanted to do something a bit different, fun to use, and meaningful. So I took some sample of stiff sailcloth I had and cut it into 2 3x5 pieces to match the size of the cards. The cards are stiff enough to protect the cards a bit. I punched holes into the lower corner of the cards and sailcloth and bind them together with a small carabiner. This allows me to flip through the cards without having to unclip. I also clipped on a small cross pen so I always have something to write with.

About Merlin

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Merlin Mann is an independent writer, speaker, and broadcaster. He’s best known for being the guy who created the website you’re reading right now. He lives in San Francisco, does lots of public speaking, and helps make cool things like You Look Nice Today, Back to Work, and Kung Fu Grippe. Also? He’s writing this book, he lives with this face, he suffers from this hair, he answers these questions, and he’s had this life. So far.

Merlin’s favorite thing he’s written in the past few years is an essay entitled, “Cranking.”




An Oblique Strategy:
Honor thy error as a hidden intention


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