April 12, 2012 | 2 Comments Photo Credit: Teresa Robinson via Compfight 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 Your turn: What is your favorite tool for capturing ideas, thoughts, and reminders?