About to move back to GTD on paper - what folder/paper-binding system to use?

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  1. Ship69

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    Hello

    I am about to move back to having GTD on paper. I need advice about what sort of folder or paper-binding system to use.

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    My thinking so far - I want something:
    - with replaceable sheets of paper (so that I can insert new sheets when space runs out)
    - that takes up as little physical space a possible. So:
    - it should fold back on itself i.e. opens up to 180degrees and lies flat on the desk
    - be tall and thin (so that I can get lots of tasks visible at once)
    - if it has ring-binder this needs to have fairly small actual rings (to make it pocket sized, or nearly that)

    Each list I would have a tab that sticks out that I write on, with the name of the list, so that I can flick back and forward between these lists.

    The problem I have is that although spiral bound folders fold nicely back on themselves completely flat, after a while you start to run out of space in certain areas first and it's a mighty paint to move the whole system onto a new folder by re-writing the whole thing.

    Ring binders offer powerful way of inserting new sheets and even of moving the order of sections around if necessary, however none of them seem to fold back on themselves flat, so that it saves space and allows you to write on them in this position.

    Any advice?

    J


    PS Filofax has a new thing called a Clipbook that they claim can be folded back, but when this happens it doesn't lie anything like flat, and this makes it quite hard to write on.
    http://www.filofax.co.uk/notebooks?range_filter=1766
     
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    I use Circa for my lecture notes and other things. It's good but pricy. Fortunately, there are compatible products at the big box office supply stores of much less. If I were using paper for GTD, it's what I would use.
     
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    I don't mind it being expensive because I won't be using fast numbers of pages at a vast rate.

    Thanks. It does look like the paper would either tear too easily during removal and replacement, and/or that would fall out too easily and/or that it might be quite high friction (compared to a spiral bound note book) when turning the pages... but I shall investigate further.

    To me the ideal thing would be an open+shut ring binder that allows you to fold pages right back on themselves. But maybe that doesn't exist...

    Thanx
     
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    Fwiw, I have discovered (and just ordered) the "Twist Ring Notebook" made by Lihit Labs, which looks very promising as it allows sheets to be removed and inserted without damaging them AND it looks like it will lie flat when folded back on itself, which is great for taking up less space on a desk (and/or being more firm when writing on your lap etc)

    I've ordered the 30 sheet A5 version but I note that there is a 100 sheet version.
    http://www.cultpens.com/i/q/LL44724/lihit-lab-aqua-drops-30-sheet-twist-ring-notebook-a5

    I'll let you know how I get on. :)
     
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    Does it mean that no software application has met a long list of your requirements so you've decided to test paper against them?
     
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    You are getting to know me too well! ;)

    In truth yes, this is partly true. However I was inspired by certain users on this forum who talk about going back to paper in order to improve their GTD habits.

    I know my GTD habits are weak. Of particular painfulness is use of Contexts. I don't seem to be very good at A) putting things into Contexts and B) working from Contexts. But if I have a paper sheet for each Context and just write each action onto the relevant page... job done. Plus flicking between contexts simply by having good dedicated tabs on my folder should help too.

    I may use digital technology to hold either my Someday Maybe stuff and/or to do some mind map of my (whole) life in order to see the big picture/higher level of flight better.

    But yes, I do keep finding the technology seriously getting in the way, in stupid, deeply irritating ways. Paper will avoid many of them and also be vastly faster in certain other ways. Yes, it will be annoying not to have things searchable, and not to have Next Actions actually connected to the project in question, but maybe I can live with that. (I may use colour to help speed me up, not sure yet!) Crossing stuff out and eventually copying things over will be irritating too, but at least all these irritations will be NEW irritations! :)

    Furthermore, the most busy and efficient person and successful I know uses paper - just paper. Rather than do anything particularly clever she just take time to re-write her lists of projects from scratch every month or so. Interstingly she says she loves doing it because it gives her time to think strategically....
     
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