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Jeremy Wagstaff's Moleskine Remainders

Jeremy Wagstaff has posted some quotes I’d sent about paper, notebooks, and the Moleskine phenomenon. Although I hadn’t intended it as an actual essay, it more or less works together.

On the continuing desire for PDAs:

There’s still a desire and a market out there for PDAs—particularly when they’re well integrated with your mobile phone, like on the Treos. The problem is that there’s a practical limit to how many little boxes you can lug around everywhere. Since the iPod has caught on, I think digital music players have displaced a lot of folks’ PDAs from that coveted number two spot (right after mobile phones, of course). Carrying more than two or three digital devices requires either a bag or a relaxed disposition about looking like a bit of a dork.

On the notebook habit:

People are sometimes surprised at how quickly they adapt to the habit of carrying a notebook—they really start relying on it and very much notice (and curse) the times when there’s no paper around to capture an idea or a reminder. I think that, after a week or two, your mind sort of loosens up since you know there’s always something there to catch thoughts while they’re fresh.

Jeremy has several posts on the subject this week, so browse around.

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In my world, the iPod...

In my world, the iPod and my PDA have become one and the same. I tend to use the pocket MoleSkine for my reminders and to capture items that need to make it into my list of projects. If an items needs to exist in my system for a period of time then it makes it into my "GTD Wiki" which I keep in VoodooPad on my Mac. VoodooPad allows me to export the whole wiki to my iPod in the form of Notes. The complexity involved in finding information on my iPod is really a function of how complicated I make my wiki given that my link structure remains intact on the iPod. It's proven to be the best of both worlds for me -- PDA & iPod. So now I'm down to only needing to carry my phone, iPod, and pocket Moleskine.




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