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mini filing system
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capturing devices
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Capturing Devices

Page created on: 28 April 2006, updated 10 August 2009

homemade pocket jotter with shortened Birdie mechanical pencil One of the most important productivity aids is some form of capturing device to hold on to information and free the mind for other thoughts. Trying to remember bits of information which can easily be stored elsewhere is not the most efficient way to use the mind. It is said that the brain can only hold on to about seven items at any time. Storing data will quickly use up mental RAM.

The best capturing device is still the humble note pad, together with a pen or pencil, small enough to fit into a pocket, easy to retrieve, and quick to use. here you will find inspiration for some capturing devices which will make their use more pleasant, add some other useful features, and may even reduce waste. And can there be a more fun way to spend a rainy afternoon than with paper, scissors and glue?

This is not a set of instructions, just lots of inspiration, though you can glean a fair amount of how-to from the photos.

Pocket Jotter

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A8 leather-bound jotter with loop/wood closure
A8 leather-bound jotter with loop/wood closure
pages of jotter
pages of jotter
jotter in use
jotter in use
an unobtrusive jotter for my back pocket
an unobtrusive jotter for my back pocket
another leather jotter, for a teenage girl
another leather jotter, for a teenage girl
this one uses a Bulldog clip to hold the paper
this one uses a Bulldog clip to hold the paper
alternative hipster - paper mock-up with Bulldog clip
alternative hipster - paper mock-up with Bulldog clip
alternative jotter - paper mock-up, and pico jotter
alternative jotter - paper mock-up, and pico jotter
 alternative jotter - paper mock-up with binder clip
alternative jotter - paper mock-up with binder clip
some clip ideas for jotter
some clip ideas for jotter

Pico - Go-Anywhere Mini Jotter

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pico jotter being made
pico jotter being made
sawn-off Birdie and pico jotter
sawn-off Birdie and pico jotter
on necklace - for dressy occasions
on necklace - for dressy occasions
another pico idea, paper mock-up
another pico idea, paper mock-up
paper mock-up, closed with paper pencil
paper mock-up, closed with paper pencil
more pico/pen ideas
more pico/pen ideas
mock-up using binder clip to close flap
mock-up using binder clip to close flap

Desktop Jotter With Pencil Holder

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corrugated card spacer and card outer
corrugated card spacer and card outer
edge covered with card
edge covered with card
Bulldog clips retain pencil
Bulldog clips retain pencil

Pencils and Pens

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pencils, holders, erasers and pens
pencils, holders, erasers and pens
old mini mechanical pencil
old mini mechanical pencil
empty ballpoint cartrige and paper pencil
empty ballpoint cartridge and paper pencil
OK, I got carried away
OK, I got carried away

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