Real Simple

March 28, 2007

real simple

Originally uploaded by lexly87.
Thursday Tip of the Week.

If you watch ‘Ugly Betty’, which will be on tonight, sometimes you can catch a glimpse of the orange products of Real Simple because it matches the Mode office color scheme.

The Orange 3×5 index cards is from Real Simple. There’s also a 4×6 size. They have a collection at Target. I like the round corners. The cards come with or without the orange cover. Frankly, I find the cover hard to use because it has one hole punched and the bolts hold the cards together. If you want to access the card you have to swivel the cover and thus loosening the bolt/screw pin. I had to use my thumb nail as a screw driver many times to tighten the darn thing. I would not recommend it. The cards themselves are color coded into three colors: blue, pink, and orange. The color code strip is at one end, bound by the band. At the bolted end, the edges are rounded, and perforated for tearing. The perforated space made the card longer then the standard 3×5.
Very hip. These 3×5 will be made into a Circa Rolla hpda.

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Waiting for…

February 6, 2007

Circa 3×5 pocket dock it



Circa 3×5 Pocket Dock-It

Originally uploaded by su.penguin.


In my business, there are lots of time spent waiting for…

I wait for Preliminary Titles from Escrows, Appraisals from appraisers, Insurance binders from insurance companies…etc.

I’ve been using the @waiting system for a while now and I really like it. What I’ve done is to use the 3×5 blank index cards. I assign each card with a category: @waiting for Prelim; @waiting for Appraisal; @waiting for Signing;….etc.

I saw Jason Alan More’s system for GTD. I really want to splurge on the Levenger leather letter size 3×5 Action Folio index card holder. But Levenger has made a plastic index card holder sleeves. I would like to order this and test it out.

Update: 3/26/06 – R.R has sent me the Pockt Docket. The density or thickness of the plastic is almost as thick and dense as the Translucent cover. I’m glad it’s not as thick but still very strong. The same can be said for the soft color Pocket Dividers.  I prefer them over the Pocket dividers from the Rollabind Notebook from Staples.

Waiting for my Circa leather jacket to arrive.




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February 2, 2007

Rolla Notebook

2/1/07  I’m honor to have been selected as a feature on the!! Suddenly, there are over one hundred viewers in the “Circa-Rolla” post. Armand does a great job finding posts that are relevant. I constantly find stuff in there to add to my Squidoo lens interest about paper and notebooks. I posted the above photo to the Flickr group “Notebookism”.

Update: 01/29/07 I’m excited to find that some one else is using the Rollabind system. It’s a bonus that AV is also on WordPress. AV has some very good tips. Paul has a Daft system for file folders from Jotz. I found AV through

I found this post ultimate-organizer from AV. She made the switch from Moleskine to Circa over night.

Circa Rolla

September 19, 2006

Jason Alan Moore started a post about his GTD. In which, Kvet made the following comment.
Kvet’s comment – August 20, 2006
I have had this type of notebook since freshman college 1985, and had been frustrated with finding it again until about 5 years ago with who was bought out by Carl Products. Rollabind makes these high-end notebooks for Levenger. If you are interested in trying out these notebooks in a less expensive they are now being carried at Target with the poly covers for $9.99 for a letter size AND junior size sold together. Staples also carries a cloth covered version in both sizes, sold separately, $9.99 and $5.99, respectively. Staples does not have these out on display, I just happened to look up at their overstock shelves above the notebooks and saw the rollabinder rings sticking out, so you may have to ask if they have them in stock. They are labeled Rolla Notebooks. They are still online at but have mostly been targeted towards crafters/scrapbookers. If you do end up liking these, the punchers are well worth the price, and they are less expensive online at

In Which I’ve added my following comment:

I have gone to staples and they now have them out on the shelves near by the Blank and Red notebooks. I asked the people in the store and they are clueless. I got the faux brown leather version of Rolla Notebooks, which looks like a cheap version of the Levenger’s. Rolla notebook cost me $7.99 Levenger’s leather junior version $68 plus shipping and handling.

It’s advertised as the most versatile notebook ever. Rollabind made the book exclusively for

  • heavy weight paper
  • 70 ruled sheets
  • business card holder
  • slash pocket divider – great for holding receipts
  • ruler place holder
  • tabbed divider

Levenger is also making the 3 x 5 Circa $12. Rolla Bind also makes a 4 x 6 mini notebook for $3 I really like this system of notebook because I use index cards. It combines all sorts of paper sizes together. I like to print my own paper from the Cornell system of note taking. Later, I plan to buy the portable puncher $30 from

Update: 9/29/06 Last week I bought another faux Junior Rolla Notebook for Home. The other one I keep in the office. I also order the portable punch from which cost me $38.98.

Update: 10/9/06 I order the Rollabind portable puncher and it arrived today, approximately one week as promised. Perfect timing as I just bought the 8×11 faux black leather Rolla Notebook $11.99 from the Staples on NE Glisen, my local dealer. I’m happy with it! I think it’s perfect for punching 3×5 cards in the landscape position, I can fit three Rollabind holes. I just used the puncher without the long paper holder.

Update: 01/18/07 I received the Circa Letter Agenda with the plastic cover for Christmas gift of 2006. I asked my oldest sister who was lucky enough to pick my name. I gave her the Levenger catalogue and she ordered it. I am using it at work now.

Corrections: Carl did not invent the technology at all; Carl is only the supplier of one of the punches. Rollabind used to manufacture for Levenger until Levenger decided to license the technology. Rollabind has its own product line sold via the website and also in conjunction with another of our licensors at retail chains such as Staples and Target. Rollabind developed the technology and is the patent owner.
I received these corrections from Stephanie who works at Rollabind, who wish to remain anonymous. She found the lens.

(I was interested in how a product was license and then how levenger was able to expand on a product to make it more useful.)

Update: 01/29/07 I’m excited to find that some one else is using the Rollabind system. It’s a bonus that AV is also on WordPress. AV has some very good tips. I found AV through

Update: Circa Junior Leather Jacket

Update: 02/02/07:



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Index Cards

July 11, 2006


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My Levenger 2.5 x 3 indexcard Bleacher hack. Some day I’ll make a better one.

Levenger Indexcard system – The history of Indexcard

I’ve been thinking about getting the Levenger’s product for GTD. Here’s a link to see how has incorporated the system.

Update: I’ve been using the @waiting system for a while now and I really like it. What I’ve done is to use the 3×5 blank index cards. I assign each card with a category: @waiting for Prelim; @waiting for Appraisal; @waiting for Signing;….etc.


I’m thinking about using Index Cards to write a time line. – Famous Author’s use of Index card.

dandelife – Organize your Autobiography in a time line.


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July 10, 2006 Tuesday

I am trying out the new Zoho word processing and web publishing software application:

Hello lexly87,

Welcome to ZohoWriter, your friendly on line word processor!

  • Create, format, & edit documents online with a powerful WYSIWIG editor
  • Access & share your documents from anywhere using just your browser
  • Lock your documents while in shared mode
  • Post to your blogs (Blogger/Typepad/LiveJournal/WordPress) from within Zoho Writer
  • Export your docs in word, pdf, sxw, odt, txt, rtf & html formats
  • Periodic auto-saving of your documents to prevent data loss
  • Spell check, tag your documents for ease of use

And do much more…

I think it’s better because it can publish to several blogs of my choosing. In fact, I published this entry through Zoho.

The other exciting Zoho application is the Zoho Planner. Zoho Planner is very similar to Backpack. The major difference is that I can add on unlimited pages without having to pay for it. Here’s a sample page of how I use it in the GTD mode.

I have it/redux ( to thank for showing me Zoho. He explains very well the office 2.0. I didn’t even know that is a web 2.0 applications. I’m very ignorant but curious about the web.