There are Several Ways to Capture Important Information
Hi-tech, lo-tech or no-tech, there are plenty of tools out there to help you hold on to thoughts, ideas and reminders. Here’s my list.
- Note pad and pen or pencil
- Short-stack of index cards (several 3×5 index cards secured by a binder clip makes a handy note-taking tool)
- Post-It notes (a must-have tool)
- Section of pages from your existing planner/system
- Cocktail napkin (don’t laugh…some of the best ideas ever created were captured on the back of a cocktail napkin).
- Hand-held mini- or micro-cassette recorder (A few years ago, I used one in my car during commute to and from work)
- Hand-held digital audio recorder (I bought mine on eBay for cheap and use it during my commute time)
- Voicemail or telephone answering machine (for both home and office reminders)
- The text or audio note function of your cell phone (refer to your owner’s manual or do a Google search for details)
- E-mail. Yep: send yourself an e-mail message. Works like a charm and can be easily converted into a task in Outlook.
- A service like ReQall. Using the Bluetooth function of my cellphone, I leave myself messages during my commute to and/or from work. The message is transcribed and forwarded to my Outlook email address at the office. I used Jott until they went out of business. Now I use the Pro version of ReQall and find that it’s actually better than Jott. The Pro version is just $2.99/month. There’s a free version too. Check it out!
- Online tools like Remember the Milk, Nozbe,WorkFlowy, Google Calendar or Google Task List
- The note function or task list function of Microsoft Outlook