Each year when I attend Influence, I look around the room to see how people take notes. I’m often curious about:
Where the notes you take end up after Influence.
How you will, within seconds, be able to put
your fingers on a quote or a statistic you don’t want to
forget. You know, one of those great sound bites you
love to use and appropriately attribute to the speaker.
Where you will store the photos you take of presenters’ slides on the screen so that the photos make
sense in the future with the notes you took.
How you will access the amazing and sometimes
overwhelming amount of information you received.
How you will track your action items and follow up.
How you will marry together the notes you are
taking with the corresponding handout or downloadable resource provided, such as a PDF or video.
I’m curious because, for almost two decades,
I’ve spent time in the o;ces of those who attend
conferences or just take a lot of notes at meetings,
and I see many di;erent ways of capturing information. The problem is that it’s never at their fingertips
when they need it or they can’t find it when they
want to refer to it. And let’s not forget that a note-pad is not backed up!
Find Your FAST
Imagine how great it would be if you could access this
data at your fingertips—anytime, anywhere, and from
any device—which is essential for traveling. You can if
you use a digital notebook app.
What’s a digital notebook? Think of it as a three-ring
binder, where you have several sections plus lots of
pages, subpages and templates (prefilled pages you can
add to a section of your notebook to help you keep your
data organized for meetings or phone calls with clients).
A digital notebook is that and so much more.
Today, there are three main brands of digital notebook
apps: Evernote, OneNote, and Keep by Google.
For this article, the illustrations are provided using
OneNote in a PC environment. OneNote is free and is
also available for the Mac, although the features are
I do not get paid to speak about OneNote. It’s the tool
of choice for our office and many of our clients. I was
an early user of Evernote in 2008; however, I switched
to OneNote as I wanted the integration to Microsoft
Outlook and didn’t like the idea of paying for Evernote,
when the functionality of OneNote served my needs.
Infor mat ion
HOW TO SOLVE INVISIBLE CLUTTER WITH ONENOTE®
LAURA LEIST, CPO, is
the founder of Eliminate Chaos
and author of 17 books including
Eliminate the Chaos at Work:
25 Techniques to Increase
Productivity and several on
Microsoft Outlook® and OneNote®.
She is a past president of
NAPO (National Association of
Productivity and Organizing Professionals) and jokes
that her Bernese mountain dog named Chaos is the
only chaos she won’t eliminate!