My ultimate goal here is to encourage you all to Live the Simply.
Often times, though, I advise on the broader scale–guiding principles and such. I can only believe (or I’ve been told) that when I do share projects that are especially tangible and small in scale, they serve as practical inspiration. The kind where you all go, “Oh, hey, that’s stupidly easy. I could do that. And I think I will. Right now.”
Plus, I get some amount of amusement out of explaining in post form what are already the most ridiculously straightforward projects. So there’s that.
Oh hey speaking of, here’s one now: a business card binder I recently cranked out as part of a (much) larger client project. It’s so easy you could leave the instructions with your labradoodle and come home to it completed to perfection.
If you have a very manageable amount of business cards you’d like to hold onto, or if you don’t mind their ordering being dictated to you by things like alphabetized tabs, etc., then you could certainly opt for a system like this Semikolon Business Card File Box or this business card organizer.
But if you have a lot of cards, or you just prefer you some flexibility, then by all means go the route of the binder + business card pages.
Such was the case here; my client had a lot of cards, and she wanted to be able to sort them categorically.
So here’s what I did: I put the cards into the slots.
Then I used these Post-it Tabs to distinguish categories (chosen for their exceptional convenience).
To give you an idea, some of our categories included: Designers (main heading), with sections like Jewelry Designers, Artists & Sculptors, etc., Services, with sub-sections like Health & Wellness, Salon & Spa, etc., and Local Establishments, with sections like Boutiques, Eateries, and so on.
We also had two sections categorized by location; as my client commonly frequents a couple of destinations, she naturally associates her contacts there with place primarily.
Whatever holder you choose, and whatever you deem the most natural sorting technique, the general instructions are this: put the cards into the thing in the order you decided.
You could also transfer your business cards into digital form and that would be just fine as well.
The important thing is that you tend to them in some way, so that you’re not that person with an unruly stack of cards, all dog-eared and secured together with a haggard hair tie. I’ll sleep better at night knowing you’re not that person.
P.S. Turns out this system works for more than just business cards…Find out what else goes hand-in-hand with the binder + biz card sleeves here.