The one organizational task I can manage is writing and checking off lists. I love the feeling of crossing items off of a to-do list. When I have a large project, I usually procrastinate by making a list. I love paper lists, but they are less practical, wasteful, and easy to leave on my desk at home when I need them on my desk at work (or vice-versa). I have been on the lookout for a "system" I can get into, and I've decided to try out Microsoft OneNote. I stumbled across it while checking out my school laptop. It is a note-taking (or notebook) system which could have many applications, but I'm trying to keep my ideas, to-dos and reminders there.
|A screen capture of one of my notebook pages. I can easily make a table, a check-off-able to-do list, add web content, whatever. I just click wherever, and start typing. It auto-saves, too.|
What I love about this application:
- Everything in one spot. There's an iOS app in the AppStore. It's a bit clunky but it exists! That means I have access to my notebooks on my phone, iPad, my work laptop, home computer, or wherever, since it's web-based. Downside: I had to sign up for a Microsoft account.
- Unfiled notes. I can just open up a quick little note, write something and file it later.
- User-friendly. Just click and go. This application is not picky at all. You can draw, make tables without hardly thinking, drag and drop documents, anything.
- Sharing. I could share a notebook with whomever I wish. I could picture a family sharing a notebook, or co-workers working on the same project.
What I don't love:
- Signing up for yet another email address and account. I'm trying to simplify my life, not remember more passwords.
- The Apple and Microsoft incompatibility. They work together, but they really don't play nice.
|Here we have supposedly the same notebook page on my phone as above. Note there is NOTHING ON IT. Maybe it's slow to sync (even though I tapped "sync now" a couple times).|
So that being said, I tend to stick to working with OneNote on my laptop. The only
downtime organizational time I typically have is at work, so that seems okay. I'm going to try and stick with OneNote for a while and use it regularly and in various ways. Maybe it'll really click with me, and I'll have to do a follow-up post.
What systems do you have in place that really work for keeping you organized at work and at home?