Being Productive With a Notepad!

It’s been nearly two years since I blogged about a great organizational system to come from the country of Japan using nothing more than a notepad and some nicely folded paper pockets. GTD +R is the name of the system designed by Kenji Ohta and draws it’s name from the popular productivity book “Getting Things Done” by David Allen. In short, Ohta uses notepads to write down his tasks and then files them in nicely labeled pockets that he creates using some careful folding techniques.

The entire system, with instruction manual, is downloadable from Ohta’s site and is free for anyone to use. The system was posted over three years ago and it’s hard to tell how many people have benefited from his card “game” as he likes to call it. Once you go through the initial stages of outlining your tasks, the system manages itself. Ohta created a short, simple video that allows you to see him sort the slips of notebook paper he uses to organize his task list for the day:

As you can see, the system takes very little time to manage. So are you a paper person? This might work for you! One thing I like about systems like this is that you never have to worry about a technology failure. Your tasks are written down, easy to manage, and easy to document. If you make sure to write things down as they come to you, you will have no worries about losing anything.

I realize this isn’t for everyone but for some, this could be an easy system and I wanted to share it with you. I hope you find it worth your time!

Being Productive With a Notepad!

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