GTD with Style

 One of the great things about writing for a productivity blog is sharing fun tips and tricks for making life simpler and more productive. Today, I am happy to be sharing with you a new tool I've been testing for the past two weeks. This particular product, the Jot It by Cocoa, is stylish, eco-friendly, and strangely fun to use.

I'll admit I was skeptical when I was originally asked to review the product. What's wrong with paper and pen, PDAs, online systems and the myriad other ways in which we keep track of our lives and the things we need to get done? Turns out, nothing is wrong with those things but the Jot It is just one more option for working smarter, not longer.

My Jot It has been sitting adjacent to my computer for the last ten days and has become a regular part of my GTD system. Here's a blueprint of the product: your Jot It is a desktop write board which comes bundled with all you need to make it a great productivity tool. Included with the board are an Expo ultra fine tip marker with eraser, three pre-printed interchangeable templates and two blank customizable templates. The templates are inserted below the writing surface of the desktop, which includes a handy tray for keeping track of the dry erase marker.

The Jot It has taken the place of the spiral notebook I was using on my desk to track "next action" items and phone calls to be returned. There's something awesome about watching "to do" items disappear before your very eyes as you erase them with the Expo marker. I feel good about killing fewer trees and have noticed a marked decline in my paper recycling bin since I started using the Jot It. It really is the perfect capture tool for getting those fleeting ideas and thoughts captured and transfered to a more permanent project management system.

On the downside, the Jot It is not very portable, so I'm not proposing it as a "be all and end all" GTD solution. It's great for any desk or kitchen counter top, where capturing and taming information happens in a hectic environment. Unlike "yellow stickies" which are easily misplaced or tossed, your Jot It stays put, safely keeping you on track and helping you get things done.

For more information on the Jot It, visit Cocoa.


Lisa Hendey, Catholic wife and mom, is the founder and webmaster of and the author of A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms: 52 Companions for Your Heart, Mind, Body and Soul and The Handbook for Catholic Moms: Nurturing Your Heart, Mind, Body and Soul. Lisa writes for several online and print publications, enjoys speaking around the country and hosts the Catholic Moments Podcast. Visit her at

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  • Guest

    Hmm this looks like a good idea.

    But I am cheap. Oops. I mean I am FRUGAL.  So here is what I would do.

    I would take an ordinary clip board (I picked up several at about a buck a piece for for the kids to write on in the van) and put a white peice of paper on it and top it with a piece of clear plastic — like one of the acetate sheets used for overhead projectors and woola!  The same thing for a tenth the cost.

  • Guest


    I think your idea is a great one.  The main thing is using something recyclable and quickly update-able as opposed to paper.  Thanks for the tip! Lisa 

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