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David Seah on wall-based productivity pr0n

David Seah : Gifts for Hardcore Productivity Nuts: Magnatag Visible Systems

David Seah explores a treasure trove of lo-fi productivity pr0n, as provided by the vertical-surface-loving folks at Magnatag. A couple of the items he covers:


Magnatag Do-Done StepTracker I like the name of the Do-Done StepTracker, and I love the idea of “flip the magnetic button over to switch from to-do to done” functionality. Elegant and effective!



RotoGraph Long Range Daily Line Item Planner Ok, I listed this one before, but now there’s a video showing just how the RotoGraph® Long Range Daily Line Item Planner actually works. It’s one continuous scrolling surface that you can write your schedule on, kind of like a real-world version of Excel with locked sheet cells.

Very sexy. I wish I had more walls.

I've been having my own one-man whiteboard renaissance lately with my new Pinnacle II Magnetic Dry-Erase Communication Board. I picked up a couple of these at Costco for only 20 bucks each (which is about half what these kinds of things usually cost). Combined with some fine-tipped dry erase markers and a stack of Post-it Index Cards, you have a powerful brainstorming tool at your disposal.

Got some lo-fi productivity pr0n you've been loving lately?

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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.”




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