About this project
PocketDoJo™ is an on-the-go organizational system for the modern list-maker—and the perfect productivity accessory for busy parents, students and professionals alike. The PocketDoJo™ system includes a specially-designed pocket notebook and a handy organizer sleeve to keep your pocket notebooks, pens and business cards organized, protected and ready for action. The PocketDoJo™ kit fits neatly in your jacket breast pocket or jeans back pocket—or slip it into your handbag, backpack or briefcase. As immersed as we are in handheld mobile technology today, you'll be amazed how this simple little analog companion can change the way you get and stay organized. If it wasn't so old-fashioned, we might call it revolutionary.
Do You #bujo?
Our PocketDoJo™ system was inspired by the present-day "bujo" craze. The word refers to a list-making technique called "bullet journaling". Checkout #bujo on Instagram and Pinterest and you'll quickly understand the concept. In fact, most of us, young and old, have been making checklists in one form or another for most of our lives. Like all things tried and true, what's old is new—with a new name and various new tools and techniques for the modern generation.
Hang on a minute! In our digital age of iPhones and Evernote, who really needs an old fashioned analog notebook and to do list?
Brain experts confirm that writing it down stimulates higher and deeper cognitive functions and improves personal productivity, creativity and professional success! Discover what famous thinkers and notetakers have known instinctively, and in practice, for ages—from Leonardo da Vinci to Thomas Edison, Ernest Hemingway and Bill Gates—when you write it down, you remember it better, and you're more likely to do it!
In chaos, there is stress, doubt and indecision. Making and tracking checklists is a time-honored method of creating order in our hectic daily lives. The physical act of list-making distills the essence and importance of each task, and makes a deeper impression in your own memory bank. Each "bullet" is a clarification of purpose, and a signal of your intent to take action. Your bullet list is the path from chaos to personal freedom and peace of mind.
To sum it up, the PocketDoJo™ system will help you get more organized. As a result you'll be less stressed, more decisive, more productive, more creative, more successful, healthier and happier!
Necessity is the Mother of Invention
The PocketDoJo™ concept evolved from my personal frustration of having my checklists interspersed with my sketches, doodles and notes in my regular full-sized notebooks—not to mention the myriad lists written on random post-it notes and scraps of paper. Uncompleted-yet-important tasks were often left behind—forgotten among all of my fragmented, semi-finished daily lists.
Though I have been writing in journals for my entire professional career, I only recently discovered the world of "bullet journaling". When I saw what people were doing in their full-size bullet notebooks, I knew the concept would work perfectly in the pocket-size notebook format.
As you explore the world of “bujo”, you’ll see endless examples of artistically-rendered to do lists. In fact, for the less-artistically-inclined, it can be intimidating. Fear not! I’m an engineer, not an artist, and my interest in the bujo phenomenon is more about productivity. I want to efficiently create and track my own to do lists, and get more done—less formatting and more doing!
You’ll also discover a variety of notation systems for tracking your progress on action items. These systems work well for some people, but for others, they’re overly-complex. My own approach is simple: I use a “dot” to signify I’ve started a task, an “x” to mark completed tasks, and a strikethrough to identify tasks I’ve abandoned. I also use a yellow highlighter for the really important stuff. Do whatever suits you.
Like many bujo enthusiasts, my first pocket-size bujo notebooks were comprised of hand-drawn grids. As I developed my own page format, I found preprinted square grid books were too busy, and dot grid books made me cross-eyed, so I created my own page underlay to make the formatting task easier on blank pages. While I loved my new format, I quickly grew tried of the tedium, wasted time and mess of replicating my own grids by hand.
Nonetheless, even after decades of journaling, creating a dedicated pocket-sized "to do" notebook was a revelation of checklist organization for me. I imagined my new notebook might be a perfect productivity tool for fellow "doers"—a “Do Journal”, or “DoJo”, to riff on the bujo acronym—thus, “PocketDoJo” (pronounced with “long” o’s, like “go-go”). I also like the martial arts reference—the PocketDoJo™ can help you become a personal productivity ninja!
My goal is to provide you with a convenient, time-saving, ready-to-use list-making format that offers just the right amount of structure, without being overly prescriptive, so you can adapt it to your own list-tracking style. The pages are “lightly” pre-formatted, so you spend less time preparing, and more time doing. I found myself numbering every page, so the pages are pre-numbered. I made long lists that spanned multiple, non-sequential pages, so I added the directional arrows at the bottom of each page so you can track the page your long list started on and/or the page it continues on. I chose 60 lb white paper to minimize distracting ink show through, and I'm including stickers to help you label your notebooks.
As a bag designer, I was compelled to design a handy sleeve to keep my new pocket notebook and favorite pen together. As I traveled about town to meetings I added features to make the sleeve better suit my needs. The PocketDoJo™ Notebook and Sleeve you see here are the result of innumerable refinements.
Meanwhile, my PocketDoJo™ kit has become my most essential everyday carry accessory. Today, I frequently leave my full-size journal and my backpack in my office when I venture out to meetings (as a bag maker, I probably shouldn't divulge that). The PocketDoJo™ system has significantly improved my organization and productivity, and I'm excited to share it with you.
What makes the PocketDoJo™ Notebook especially useful is that it keeps your running master list of action items, and all of your project-specific sub-lists, in one centralized, pocket-portable location—at the ready for review, addition and action. Each PocketDoJo™ Notebook holds up to 1,000 action items on 50 pages—enough room in one little book for lots of projects and actions. Furthermore, you get the satisfaction of physically thumbing through your PocketDoJo™ Notebook to see a comprehensive account of all the things you've accomplished. Take my word for it, it's way more effective and gratifying than swiping through lists on your smartphone.
Our PocketDoJo™ Notebook measures 3.5" by 5.5"—the most common size among popular pocket notebook brands. The notebook is comprised of 52 pages of our luxurious FPF60 paper—60 lb (89 gsm), bright white, opaque, super smooth and fountain-pen-friendly. The cover is heavy-duty 100 lb jet black cover stock.
The notebook starts with a Contents/Index page, and ends with an Endnotes page. All of the 50 bullet list pages in-between are sequentially numbered, and feature our 20-line bullet list format (allowing 1000 bullet entries in each notebook). We include title and date blocks at the top of each page, and our page referencing arrows at the bottom of each page for long lists that continue on multiple and non-sequential pages.
A special sticker sheet is included, with a title block sticker for the outside front cover, a nameplate sticker for the inside front cover to identify the book as yours in case you misplace it, plus color-coded stickers to differentiate multiple notebooks at a glance.
The PocketDoJo™ Notebook is securely bound with three black staples and finished with rounded corners.
Our PocketDoJo™ Sleeve is made from waterproof sailcloth, and comes in two styles: 1-Pen (plus business/credit card slot) or 3-Pen. Both sleeves include a center pocket that holds two pocket notebooks, and second pocket on the back side for a third pocket notebook or your passport. A handy webbing loop is provided to clip a small carabiner. Watch the demo video...
The PocketDoJo™ Sleeve is custom fabricated by the cut & sew experts at Rickshaw Bagworks in San Francisco. For this project, we have created a special edition sleeve with black sailcloth with a "Kickstarter-green" label. Our PocketDoJo™ Sleeve is compatible with popular softcover pocket notebooks and memo pads by Moleskine, Field Notes, Word, ScoutBooks, Doane Paper, Baron Fig, Rite in the Rain, and more.
Which PocketDoJo™ Sleeve is right for you?
The 1-Pen Sleeve is all business—pen, business/credit/transit cards, and up to three notebooks—two in the main (center) pocket, and one in the backside pocket—so you can carry additional pocket-size notebook(s) and/or sketchbook(s) along with your PocketDoJo™ Notebook. You can even carry a "naked" iPhone 6 with your notebooks in the 1-Pen version. A folded plastic insert keeps your business/credit/transit cards pristine and readily accessible. A second larger plastic sleeve in the backside pocket transports cash, receipts and collected business cards safely back to your office. If you're traveling light to meetings, all you really need is your PocketDoJo™ kit and your smartphone.
NOTE: I have modified the 1-Pen Sleeve design so you can now use the card slot for pens if you prefer. Simply remove the plastic credit card sleeve and insert pens.
The 3-Pen Sleeve features three pen slots, plus the same two notebook pockets and the plastic sleeve in the backside pocket for miscellaneous scraps. The 3-Pen Sleeve is perfect for list-making experts, engineers, designers, artists, authors, poets and pen enthusiasts. Here are a few of our favorite 3-pen configurations:
- The List Maker: 1 black/blue pen, 1 red pen, 1 highlighter
- The Engineer/Designer: 1 pen, 1 mechanical pencil, 1 eraser stick
- The Pen Enthusiast: Your ever-changing 3 favorite pens
Just the Notebooks: Three PocketDoJo™ Notebook-only rewards include 3, 6 or 12 individual notebooks.
Just the Sleeve: You can opt for the sleeve-only reward, and receive the Kickstarter Special Edition black sailcloth sleeve with green accent label. Choose the 1-Pen or 3-Pen version.
Bundles: Seven bundles include: one Sleeve plus 3 Notebooks (1-Pen OR 3-Pen version), one Sleeve plus 12 Notebooks (1-Pen OR 3-Pen version), or two Sleeves (2x 1-Pen, 2x 3-Pen or 1-Pen AND 3-Pen) plus 12 Notebooks.
Double Deluxe Bundles: Three "Holiday Shopper" bundles with four Sleeves (4x 1-Pen, 4x 3-Pen or 2x 1-Pen AND 2x 3-Pen) plus 24 Notebooks.
Free pick-up at Rickshaw: If you live in and around San Francisco, and would like to pick up your reward at our factory to save on the shipping fee, please select Antarctica as your shipping country. We will hold all Antarctica shipments at our San Francisco headquarters for Will Call pick-up.
NOTE: Please excuse the typo "PocketBuJo" in the $1 and $35 reward descriptions. It should read PocketDoJo throughout.
Risks and challenges
Rest assured, you will receive your rewards in a timely manner and all items will be as described. This is not our first rodeo. In fact, I own Rickshaw Bagworks, and we've already completed three successful Kickstarter projects. I've spent months testing and tweaking the PocketDoJo™ Sleeve, and Rickshaw has everything it needs to make them. Meanwhile, we're working closely with a local printer to manufacture the PocketDoJo™ Notebooks to our exacting specifications. We're ready to roll!
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