Levenger Pocket Briefcase

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From day planners to PDAs to smartphones to the hipster PDA, I’ve tried many different systems for organizing my life. ...

From day planners to PDAs to smartphones to the hipster PDA, I’ve tried many different systems for organizing my life. It has taken a couple of decades, but smartphones are finally to the point where they can do almost everything I want.

However with phones, data entry is slow and strict, and retrieval can sometimes be a pain. For the past several years now I have been using the Pocket Briefcase, and it’s the perfect complement to my phone and computer. The skinny is that it’s a wallet with a writing surface for a 3×5 card, and a slot for a pencil or pen. Simple as that.

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Now, when I want to jot down an idea (including an illustration or sketch), an appointment, or some detail (e.g., a phone number), all I have to do is open my wallet. Start-up time is nil, it never runs out of battery, input is loose, and I can can pass cards to others.

At the end of the day I go over my notes and transfer those I want to keep to my phone or computer. Entering everything at once is much faster than entering things throughout the day.

Finally, the Pocket Briefcase has a few different slots to store cards in, so I can store things like travel details, grocery lists, and driving directions. I was carrying a wallet anyway; this one is just so much more useful than any other.

04/26/11 -- Justin Russell