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The team here at Web Worker Daily has covered various GTD apps, methods, obsessions, and what-have-you over the years, but this index card-based system, PoIC (Pile of Index Cards) linked in LifeHack this week, is blowing my mind. It appeals to so many parts of my […]

The team here at Web Worker Daily has covered various GTD apps, methods, obsessions, and what-have-you over the years, but this index card-based system, PoIC (Pile of Index Cards) linked in LifeHack this week, is blowing my mind.

It appeals to so many parts of my psyche…the office supply fetishist…the icon afficianado…the organizational aspirant…the penmanship idealist…

This system is so ornate and yet simple and beautiful at the same time, it seems almost impossible to maintain. This may be one of those cases where the cost of being this organized has reached a point of dimishing returns. And in all honesty, the picture where all the cards are spread out for grouping makes me feel a little nauseated. I feel much better with them categorized and safely contained in the index box.

I don’t know what this says about me. But I do think that the PoIC is a stroke of mad genius.

By Sabra Aaron

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  1. I feel exactly the same way. After reading Hawk’s Web site, I bought piles of index cards, and I’m always wishing I could figure out a good way to use them. Unfortunately, when I actually tried to put his system into practice it didn’t work so well for me. I got tired of shuffling through the cards all the time to find something. I’m sure I’ll get back to it someday…

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  2. Actually, this system has been around for awhile, and made the rounds of GTD blogs last year. It’s appealing, and I’ve tried a similar system of index cards, but it’s a little too complicated and cumbersome over the long run. Works great for a week or two, but it gets to be work after awhile.

    Moleskine pocket notebook has been working for me for awhile now. Simple and effective.

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  3. Hmm, am I the only one to remember the Windows 3.1(1) bundled app ‘Card File’? Actually, I have played with Windows 1.0 and 2.0 and both had that app I seem to remember – never found much use for it – instead I remodeled Shoebox to be my everything and nothing apps…
    (Oh, and if you’re wondering, I’m from 1989 – not old at all, just have a long geek career, at an organization that stored too much old stuff…)

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  4. I started using this system for a while. it got old quick. Switched to iGTD.

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  5. I’m going to have to try this

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  6. Why “mad genius”? :) GTD means “write everything”, here we just use cards. But PoIC has its own ideology, like “no search” and “no classify”. It is not arbitrary – so, if you are “tired to shuffle through it” then you probably just use it in wrong way, not understanding its principles :)

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