How a Developer Uses Index Cards to Organize His Day

Indie Hackers recently highlighted how founder Joe Masiolli organizes himself with index cards. (Scroll down about two-thirds of the way to see the article.)

Notion serves as his idea bank, but Joe writes on index cards to stay focused day-to-day:

“Each day, I pull out three big picture items and three small items. I physically write them down on an index card: One valuable task, one urgent task, one rewarding task, and three smaller tasks. I call it the “VUR 3” method. This helps me stay focused on my goals for the day, while also ensuring that I’m doing things that fulfill me.

“At the end of the day, I write down everything that I accomplished on the other side of the index card. This helps me stay motivated. I can see how much I’m doing, even on the days where I don’t feel like I’m getting much done. It’s pretty cool to have a growing stack of index cards next to my desk!”

It’s pretty cool to be able to focus in the first place, Joe!

I do think the index cards help.


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