Anyone still using index cards?

Does anyone else hit "uh-oh" phases in their life and realize it's time to try something new in their planner world? It seems to be February, June and August for me, all which make perfect sense as I'm a teacher!

Has anyone else had success using index cards? I was re-reading about the good old fashioned, no fuss, no muss Hipster...and I'd love to hear what's worked and why!

So glad this place is hopping again :)

Ostrander

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Yes to index cards

Index cards are cheap, accessible, easy to print on, etc. so yes I definitely use them!

I am making DH a pocket reference/note book out of index cards also.

Lucy the Literacy Lady, Literacy Intervention Specialist
www.lucytheliteracylady.com

mind explaining your system?

Lucy,
Would you be willing to tell me more about how you use index cards?

Ostrander
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index cards :)

I have checklist templates that I can easily print out index cards. This for tasks, projects, shopping lists, etc. I have punched mine for the arc.

Lucy the Literacy Lady, Literacy Intervention Specialist
www.lucytheliteracylady.com

Lucymae, do you use your cards with a planner?

Or do you use basically a hipster PDA?

Ostrander
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I guess it's a hipster, yes :)

DH prefers the 3x5 index cards that fit in his pocket and are bound with Staples arc discs. I use 4x6 index cards in my arc mini notebook.

I went back to index cards because I kept switching formats so I figured I couldn't go wrong with index cards.

Lucy the Literacy Lady, Literacy Intervention Specialist
www.lucytheliteracylady.com

index cards are work horses, aren't they?

Thanks, Lucymae! I appreciate it!

Ostrander
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Look at plannerisms.com

Laurie posted a query on uses of index cards at plannerisms.com on Feb. 23 and it has generated a dozen comments since.

Thanks, Steve_geo1

Very interesting comments--thanks for pointing me in that direction.

It's nice to know I'm not the only one interested in using index cards. Those Mind Papers he mentioned looked very drool-worthy!

Ostrander
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Working on DIY Mind Papers

A stack of index cards with a of fabric/leather "book cover", held together with a binder clip.
Pity they are made in Germany and unavailable in the US.
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"I think the surest sign that there is intelligent life out there in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us." (Calvin and Hobbes/Bill Waterson) ***

I presume you mean this?

The X-17 website? X-17

You know, the Euro is as cheap as it's been--nearly parity with the dollar. I don't know if I can purchase from Poland, and shipping won't be cheap in any case, but if someone wants something from them... (hint hint) ;-)

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"I think the surest sign that there is intelligent life out there in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us." (Calvin and Hobbes/Bill Waterson) ***

show us photos, Ygor!

If you make this, show us :)

Pretty please with cards on top?

Ostrander
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Yes

Yes, I still, and always will, use index cards. My tickler file is a 3x5 box of index cards, used daily. I started with a tickler made of standard file folders, but quickly down-sized to index cards because I can take the whole box with me whenever I want. For keeping track of bigger items, they just get a pointer to where they are on an index card. The file folders lasted about six months, but I've been using the index-card tickler for...(thinking)...about 23 years!

For daily carry, I started long ago with a classic-sized (5.5x8) Franklin Planner (for 10 years or so). Then I moved to a Circa-based system of the same size (3 or 4 years). Then I moved to a Circa-based 'PDA' - index cards bound with discs (2 years). Then I moved to the HipsterPDA (1 year). Then to a Midori Traveler's Notebook (3 months). What I carry now is a system of my own creation, and I'm absolutely sure I've finally hit on the system that I will stick with for the rest of my life. It is a leather flap (looks and works exactly like a Midori, only smaller) that will hold Field Notes or Moleskine Cahier notebooks - size 3.5x5.5. It's set up to hold five or six of these notebooks, plus six separate pockets for index cards, plus two leather loops to hold a pen and a pencil. I can also easily make my own refills of both the books and the pockets, freeing me from depending on the availability of any particular product in the future. The cards in the pockets are for interfacing with the tickler file, while the books are used for sketching, quotes, long term lists, appointments, etc. (anything that doesn't need to end up in the tickler). A while ago, I discovered that I only really need two pockets for index cards, so I use the other four for credit cards/cash/driver's licence/spare key, freeing me from the need for a wallet. The whole thing is not much bigger than a 100-pack of index cards, so it lives with me everywhere I go.

So, the short answer is yes - my whole life lives on index cards, supplemented by a few small notebooks of nearly the same size.

Pictures!

What I carry now is a system of my own creation, and I'm absolutely sure I've finally hit on the system that I will stick with for the rest of my life. It is a leather flap (looks and works exactly like a Midori, only smaller) that will hold Field Notes or Moleskine Cahier notebooks - size 3.5x5.5. It's set up to hold five or six of these notebooks, plus six separate pockets for index cards, plus two leather loops to hold a pen and a pencil. I can also easily make my own refills of both the books and the pockets, freeing me from depending on the availability of any particular product in the future.

Now you can't go and give us a tease like that and not share pictures! Oh, and details about how you made these things! Please, do tell!!!

Oregon Jim, you are such a tease!

I want to echo JonGlass' statement and chime in with...

WE NEED PHOTOS!

Ostrander
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What's going on?

Hmmm... I replied with a link to the pictures, as well as links to two YouTube videos, but it disappeared. Is there some rule violation here that I don't know about?

Not in the Spam Bucket

Try again, please.
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Saw them

For what it's worth, I saw the posted links before they disappeared, they were around for a while. Maybe a bug?

Can't get past the spam filter

I just tried again, and got this message: "The comment you posted has been flagged as potential spam. It will not be visible until the site administrator has a chance to review it."

I saw the links also...

They were here and then disappeared. Certainly strange.

Ostrander
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