Deadly Bloody Moleskine Hacks?

by garth on September 18, 2006

After one too many glitches, Cameron has given up on electronic capture. He’s converted to the Moleskine, and now seeks more Moleskine hacks despite Rob Irwin’s dire warnings about the dangers of unconstrained experiments in self-organsation.

I’m somewhat cautious about the Rimmer Effect, also, but (so far) find there’s a subtle balance in GTD that helps: it’s somehow extensible enough to keep me interested and entertained (and, thus, productive!), without becoming so entertaining that I zoom in and dump myself into la-la analysis paralysis land.

(That’s just as well: there’s plenty else in the world that’ll pull me through the looking glass, trust me.)

In answer to Cameron’s question, though:

So far, the only Moleskine hack I’ve needed is to use a removable 3M coloured tag to indicate the page up to which I’ve processed. If it seems a long way back, I spend some idle time at a cafe copying things forward. If I run out of Moleskine, I can buy another one and copy stuff in. I’m on to my third of the big Moleskine reporters, with no sign of stopping.

Processing is a matter of wading through the Moleskine, updating my Mind Manager maps with action items and important notes, and moving the tag forward. I also cross my to-do boxes through horizontally to indicate I’ve moved them to the real system. Genuine completion gets a tick. If it’s no longer interesting or useful, I cross it out.

My other tip can’t be called a hack, because Moleskine did it deliberately: the back pages are perforated. Need to hand someone a diagram? Rip, scrawl, and hand it over. For some reason, that always seems to amuse the IT professionals. Paper can do that?