Moleskine Memo Pocket Book

For the past 6 months I've been using a Moleskine Memo Pocket book (large size) to carry around 3x5 index cards with notes and action items. This is similar in concept to the Hipster PDA, just with 6 pockets instead of a binder clip. I've organized the pockets as follows:

Moleskine Pocket Book

Pockets are labeled: In, Actions, Someday/Maybe, To Elsewhere, Trash, and Blanks. The follows the "Getting Things Done" paradigm. 3x5 cards that need further review go into "in." Those with actions already attached go straight to "actions." Action items (or ideas) that aren't especially important, but important enough to carry around, go into "someday/maybe." Items needing filing at home go into "to elsewhere." When I need to trash a card, I stick it in "trash" because I generally want to recycle the card at home or shred it. And of course the "blanks" pocket holds blank cards.

This system has worked pretty well. I use it mostly for my personal action items, but also for work when I travel. (At work I have a desk-based setup.) If I'm at home and I have a work idea, I jot it on a card and put it in the "to elsewhere" pocket. The only trick is remembering at work to go through the "to elsewhere" pocket and pull out work-related stuff. Likewise, I often forget to pull out items for filing when I'm at home.

Another variation on this idea would use the pockets in a location-based manner, e.g. label the 6 pockets:

  • @ work
  • @ home
  • @ computer/net
  • @ phone
  • file/trash/shred
  • blanks

This is perhaps a more purist GTD approach. Using this system, when you get to a location and start doing work, you first dump that pocket's contents onto your desk. This prevents you from having to sort through the "next actions" cards looking for actions that can be done now.


I started using a system like this a few weeks ago. I labeled my tabs "Daily" "Weekly" and "Monthly" to indicite how often I would review the cards. It works great. Thanks for the idea.

Great, I'm glad to hear that's working for you! Keep me posted on how it's going a month from now.

A couple weeks ago I switched mine over to the location-based approach mentioned above. I discovered that I wasn't looking at cards filed in my Moleskine, so I needed to use it for transporting cards rather than holding them long term. So now if I have an idea at home which I need to act on at work, I'll file that in the "to work" pocket. Each morning at work I'll pull out any cards in "to work" and add them to my system there.

Hi ,I also started using moleskine not long time ago ,,i realy love it bce its so practical and i catch toughts and mind map , picture etc ,,simply its just make more creative and innovative which make s my life intersting ,,i mean ,,i feel im doing something ,But it has only 1 waek ??? Where i could attache my pen ???,,Hey i just wana say ,,check this site,,that jap girl has great kind a clipper attached pen holding ..Where can I find it ? plz help me ,,Thank s

Personally, I don't like to use an analogue system accept as a holding bin for ideas that I don't want to carry in my head. For me this works. I keep some index cards in my pocket for notes but then transfer them to Outlook later.

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