Stationery enthusiast, blogger and Lifehacker reader Patrcik Ng has always impressed us with his cool GTD-focused DIY projects, and now he's back with an attractive, notebook-friendly binder clip hack that he calls Leather GTD Tabs.
As a quick refresher, Ng is the reader who brought us the printable GTD index card template and Mind.Depositor 2, the all-leather GTD super-notebook. Inspired by Merlin Mann's Hipster PDA but unhappy with the ugly factor of plain old binder clips, Ng put together his list-specific binder clips with some leather flourish (the guy likes his leather).
It is dead simple, anybody can do it with just a few pieces of scrap leather, cutter and some binder clips. You decide the size and shape of the leather piece, cut a slit in the middle which should be measured to fit the width of your selected binder clip, or any other types of clip you find pleasing. Then open and insert the binder clip through the slit, it's done.
I used alphabet stamps to make impressions on the tabs to create 4 different GTD tabs: Next Actions, Projects, Waiting For and Someday/Maybe. In a more refined version, I added stitches and they do look a lot better.
It might be a lot of effort for something that's aiming to simplify your life, but for some people, good-looking gear is an important factor of getting them to actually hunker down and use it. For others, it's a good way to distract from actually doing anything, so make sure you know which you are!
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Leather GTD Tabs - a Hack with Binder Clips [Scription]