Analog system better than Ugmonk

I would like to share my proprietary analog system. I have over two decades of use with this system so unlike Ugmonk I’m not a newcomer on the scene, rather this is proven technology:

Proof of the success of this system - the bookshelf in task #4 has been simplified more since the deep dive of only hours ago:

For only $15 Canadian you can buy and entire year’s supply: https://www.amazon.ca/Oxford-Index-Shrink-Wrapped-40177/dp/B09GWBJ97Y/ - no an affiliate link.

(Bad handwriting is not included in my system you must supply it yourself).

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don’t forget the handy card stand:

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Or for a few minutes of your time (including 2-1/2 to what a soothing video), make one yourself out of sturdy cardboard: DIY Custom Index Card Holder - Inspired by the Ugmonk Analog - YouTube

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Gotta say, I do appreciate that people like the guy at Ugmonk exist. It’s nice to see actual craftsmanship. And in my experience, luxury goods frequently raise the bar for the non-luxury ones.

But I do agree that his system isn’t something I’m interested in - at least partially for cost reasons.

That said, if all somebody wants is a way to sort 3x5 cards on your desk, this little pen cup from Amazon holds 3x5 index cards perfectly:

and it’s divided into two sections, so you could have “fresh” and “used”. I use it for that exact purpose, as a matter of fact. :smiley:

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You were right, I feel very soothed now, lol.

Those felt octagon things as a pinboard was a great idea too!

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It was just an attempt at humour. I was mocking the fact that we all spend money on things that we don’t need. For years my notebooks were Moleskine. Never did I actually need a Moleskine.

@MacSparky loves Ugmonk and that’s cool. I just want to tease him about it.

BTW Blank index cards promise twice the number widgets built everyday.

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I’ve added this to my wish list for the next time I put together an Amazon order. Thanks for surfacing this as Amazon identifies it as a pen cup! It is also available in black.

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I would prefer the MacSparky version of same :wink:

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Oh no, i just listened to Focused. Apparently I need to sell this to @mikeschmitz as well.

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When you’ve done your bookshelves can you come round and do mine? I started before Christmas and still have piles of books on the floor :books:

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You’re an animal - just - writing things down and then - doing them.

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My Mum is one of the most organised people I know. For the whole time I’ve known her, all she does is write daily to-do lists and other important lists on a piece of paper with a wooden pencil. Not even a nice one, she just keeps free pencils and uses them, like a monster :scream: She rarely even sharpens the pencil (I do when I’m at her house and need a pencil, because it drives me mad that they’re stubby and blunt!!). And it’s not even nice paper, she just keeps a pile of one-sided A4 printouts and letters that are ready for recycling and tears them into quarters! She doesn’t even keep a spare piece of paper on her person!! They’re in a drawer, and she just remembers these things when she’s writing her lists?!!! And she ran a shop, a household and a community group like this???

I bought her a nice notebook once to write lists in. Waste of money that was. :joy: She ended up just tearing the pages out the notebook so she could use them.

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I would get along well with your Mum. For the first 5-6 yrs of running consulting business, it was all in my head with an stack of index cards to make sure I didn’t forgot things.

The irony is that provide professional advice on business strategy and for along time didn’t make use of the tools I advised people on.

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I wish I’d been raised by an organized mom. :frowning:

(Kidding—but really, not everyone can pull that off. Thank goodness for the people who do make everything look easy in our lives.)

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Like your mom, my wife is very productive… without reading or spending an ounce of time on productivity books or apps. Currently, she works as a child and adolescent psychiatrist and lecturer at a local university. She also co-authored one of my books, and is a great mom to our three sons.

She’s never heard of GTD or Atomic Habits. She doesn’t meditate. What about Omnifocus, Things, Notion… phhhht. She manages her life with a few stickies, and Google calendar.

My point… the productivity industry caters to a certain type of person. Someone with a persistent itch - one might say, an anxious itch - to be so much more than what I am right now. The problem with anxious itches… they’re hard to scratch.

Some of us have the itch, some don’t.

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I’m more envious of your shelf space. I’ve almost filled up my new shelf I got last year and I may need a new one by next month based on how much I acquire books.

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This is an uncanny resemblance to my own mum, she’s the queen of legal size yellow notepads and manages the family business with them. Me? I’m spread out over a half dozen apps whilst constantly fiddling and suffering app envy of others curated setups.

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Two things to help, this is only my office shelf. I promise there are other shelves in the house.

In addition for work, I buy most of my books on Kindle/PDF, so I can get my highlights/notes into a notetaking tool via readwise.

My problem is really the copy hype.

Each pen holder is milled from solid walnut, sanded to perfection, and sealed with a clear matte finish.

That’s not craftsmanship; it’s just word salad. But if it gets someone to buy a chunk of wood for $40 I guess it works. I know walnut is $9-14/bf. Even Lie-Nielsen doesn’t markup their tools the way this is done.

Don’t even get me started on the “exclusive classes to change your life.”

It’s all just productivity porn.

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If you remove “to perfection”, that actually seems like a very useful description of what it is you’re buying - at least to me.

I’m not saying Jeff isn’t making decent money on every product that goes out his door.

By the same token, I would imagine that the design involved, prototyping, custom CNC milling of each product, finishing, packaging, warehousing, etc. all add a non-trivial cost to the product.

I’ve had some minor custom stuff done up at a machine shop, and the cost was definitely not trivial.

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