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David Allen gets his shopping done with a usem note card

David Allen with a usem note card as shopping list
David Allen showing an usem note card

This is so cool!

We now have a real David Allen in the usem museum!

The man who is widely recognized as the world’s leading expert on personal and organizational productivity, who learned the world how to Get Things Done, gets his shopping done with a usem note card.

His wife was so kind to take this photo and donate it to the usem museum. (Thanks Kate). We couldn’t be more proud!

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usem note cards as your paper productivity tool

Usem cards are note cards the size of a credit card which makes ‘m a perfect paper productivity tool.


These cards have many applications because of their universal format. For instance they are perfect for fans of the Getting Things Done® (GTD) method.

The very basic idea of this productivity method is (in our own words): write everything down that pops into your head; ideas, tasks, books you should read, culinary tips, things to remember, etc. etc. Once that’s done you can focus, with a clear mind, on your main task.

In the official Getting Things Done workbook we read on page 49:

Productivity tips in the Getting Things Done Workbook
Productivity tips in the Getting Things Done workbook

Meereffect: convenient size

Meereffect, the official GTD-partner in the Benelux, shared some kind words about usem cards on their website. They emphasize the cards’ convenient size and the fact that they’re designed to take with you wherever you go.

David Allen uses usem note cards

But surely the best recommendation: David Allen, the creator of the Getting Things, uses the usem note cards himself!

Convinced? Please find all our cards in the usem shop.