ScanCards are Back!
A few years ago, I found this node here, on DIYPlanner: http://www.diyplanner.com/node/780
From then until very recently, I tried desperately to find a ScanCard binder. A few unsuccessful eBay attempts and a fortunate find at a thrift store and, ta da! Here is my genuine ScanCard Binder! It's used, but still in decent shape.
This find came with SIX panels. Here is a picture of the inside of the binder. This panel actually has 24 slots on the front. The stamp in the top right says ScanCard System: Project Control Center.
The back of the binder holds a legal pad. Pen loop to the left.
Here are pictures of the panels. Each side holds 20, so 40 for each panel. This one has colored cards I cut for it. Each card measures 3 1/4 in. x 3.1/4 in.
This panel is empty. You can see the slots.
This shows the flexibility of the card slots. Have you ever had a 3-ring binder cover fall apart? I'd say the plastic material is slightly heavier.
I have no idea how much/often/length of time these inserts were used, but the paper is very easy to slide in and out of the slots. To me, it's easier filling the slots starting at the bottom and going to the top. Sliding in...
And sliding out...
I'm very excited to have made such a find! At first, I worried about the size of the binder not being portable. However, I've split up the different panels and have separate homes for each.
The official Project Control center is leather. Although it's been well loved, I'm a teacher. If I kept this at school, I could run the risk of really damaging it. Or having it stolen. So, I keep the original binder at home. You can see the various 'home' tasks I have listed. The white binder is my running list of teacher tasks. The purple binder is the layout for this year's yearbook. (The top lists the page title, who will be on it, and the back lists my original ideas for the layout of each page.)
I tend to keep the white binder at school, the Project Control binder at home, and the only one that travels is the purple binder. There are times when I need to go run errands. I use this wallet, given to me by my friend George, to transfer back and forth. Here it is closed.
And here it is open. These were index cards I cut up and edged with a highlighter.
At the end of each work day, I try to take out the cards I need to do tomorrow. As I think of something, I write it down and sort it at the end of the day. If the task will be completed at school, the card is slotted (or gets set out on my desk to be done for the next day). If the item on the card is a task I need to do at home or is an errand, I put the cards in the wallet and sort them at home. Easy!
I've only had this binder for a few weeks, but I already feel more organized!
1. I'm not wasting time re-writing lists.
2. If the note is short, I can get 8 notes per one card.
3. Each day I can see ALL areas of my life and work a little bit toward my various goals.
4. When dealing with big projects (ex: yearbook), I can visually monitor where I am.
5. Unlike other time management tools, this isn't a fussy system. I'm not having to determine if items are an A or C priority. I'm not wasting time filling out different forms to determine my next action. If I make a note about a certain student, I just pull out the card, and add it to the student's file. Simple.
6. I'm right brained, so I like SEEING my tasks. And being able to move my tasks around is magical to me. This system might really appeal to creative types.
1. I wish the inserts were small enough to fit in a Filofax or Day Timer.
2. Making my own cards is an exercise, for me, in patience.
The best part of this review? SCAN CARDS ARE BACK! You can buy the panels and cards (whew!) at:
Overall rating, I give ScanCards a 9.5 out of 10. (I want the panels in a smaller size and the good news is...the company is planning on producing them! YEY!)