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.


Hello to you all...

I am going to start off by saying that I am thrilled to be here. I am not even sure how I discovered the 43 Folders idea...no wait it was Amber Macarthurs podcast.

Regardless...I am mostly through the book. And have implemented a ton of it already. It seems so obvious.

I have some questions about tools thought...the moleskine thing? I bought my first one last week and I love it. But is there a higher purpose to it that I am just not to yet. I have used mead notebooks, bought at back to school time for a dime forever.

Being new, and thrilled with new tools...I love the moleskine...but am not sure exactly if I am missing something.

Also the hipster pda baffles me. It seems like it is adding a layer. I take notes on the cards, then I later transfer the ideas to a box, then discard the cards? Is this correct?

Basically what I am understanding from all of this is devise a trusted box to put all the information in. So that you can release it from your head.

Am I close, or do I need more work?

For me the productivity bug started when I was traveling with a musician years ago, and need to keep track of everything. This was before good laptops. I had a great day planner, that I still have, but it sits in a place of high honor, my bedroom floor.

Then I got a PDA. A palm something or other. Loved it.

Shortly after that I got my first ibook. And a change of careers and a need for higher orginization as I took on my things.

So by then I had my palm and my ibook synced up pretty well. So I was up to a palm, a cellphone(motorola v something or other), an ibook, and an ipod. I work in media reform and emergant media and the FCC.

Then I discovered blackberry.

So it was goodbye PDA and cellphone. I was left with blackberry and ibook, and the ipod as strictly as a entertainment device.

Then came Merlin Mann.

Now I am even more of an activist, but I have settled down into a career as a sort of lecturer.

Anyway. What is the next step. I cant get my head around the Hipster PDA, or the sacredness of the moleskine.

Someone help, I just need the key to the castle.




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