DIY 5-pocket Index Card Wallet for Hipster PDAs April 19, 2007Posted by caveblogem in DIY, Hipster PDA, how to, index cards, lifehack, Other.
I just got a promotion of sorts at work and will be managing a few people in addition to doing research and writing and random other stuff now, so I found myself thinking about time management a little this morning. I still use index cards to manage my own time and to take notes for writing projects and such. And I’m always testing new ways of carrying them around an organizing them. The last one of these I designed, the six-pocket version works pretty well, and I’ve been carrying note cards in it, and using it as my wallet, for weeks. The only problem with it was that I had to do too much unfolding to get at my debit card, a suprisingly frequent occurance these days. So I designed a five-pocket version that is much easier to use everyday, because the part of the folder that holds my bank card is always right there on the outside, and yet there is no danger of the card slipping out.
Step 1: start with a piece of 13 x 13 inch paper. This sounds more difficult than it is. The most durable papers in the world are readily available in this size, if you know where to look. You just need to find a large manila or Tyvek ™ envelope, cut the bottom and top out, slice out the middle, and unfold it.
Step 2: mark the paper with a faint line 1 3/4 inches in from two opposing sides and then 2 3/4 inches in from another side, as depicted below (click picture to enlarge).
Step 3: Flip the sheet over and fold the opposing sides in, creasing on the lines.
Step 4: Fold the bottom up, creasing on the line.
Step 5: Insert the top into the slot made by the bottom folds and crease the whole thing again (this operation is shown in a side view in steps 4 and 5 of the instructions for this folder.
Step 6: Using an index card as a guide, fold in three roughly-equal parts and crease (I don’t know what that shadow is all about.)
That’s all. See how the bank card fits and is accessible but totally safe?
I use the same pocket for a list of phone numbers. And a pen with a clip can be used to make sure it doesn’t unfold, if you want.
After a few days it will pretty much stay shut anyway.