Time Management – Note Taking

Steno pads. Spiral notebooks. Legal pads. The back of an envelope.  A cocktail napkin. Receipts. The corner of a newspaper. If you’re like most entrepreneurs, you’ve got ideas striking you every hour of the day and night, and you grab the nearest writing implement and snippet of paper to scrawl a few words on. But how often do those pieces of paper make it into something more permanent?

With today’s variety of note-taking and idea-gathering software, there’s no excuse for using crayons anymore. Take a look at these multimedia opportunities for storing your thoughts, ideas, photos, blog posts, and more… and best yet, they’re all free!

Evernote

Collect, sort, tag, and annotate a variety of notes and other information. Log in online or access it via your iPhone.  Store your web clips, text clips, videos, audios, and more in a single file. You can even snap a photo with your mobile phone and save it. Oh yeah, you can share it with others!  Find out more at Evernote.com

OneNote

This is Microsoft’s version of a note book that lets you capture text, images, video, and audio notes and take and edit notes with other people in other locations. View and edit your notes from virtually any computer with an Internet connection or your Windows phone. Available with Microsoft Office. Find out more at Office.Microsoft.com/en-us/onenote/

Springnote

This is a free, online notebook based on wiki. You can create pages, keep them in your Personal Notebook or create a Group Notebook to share with friends. Store up to 2GB online. Add photos, comments, and more. Springnote for the iPhone is also available. Find out more at Springnote.com/en

After perusing these sites, you’ve probably come up with a dozen or more ideas that you quickly jotted down on a scrap of paper somewhere. Don’t waste them – choose a note-taking solution and get your thoughts and goals down safely and permanently. You can’t act on your ideas if you don’t remember where you put those notes!

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