What To Do with All Those Notes

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I wrote a post this morning on this topic but then I was feeling adventurous, so I made it into a video. It’s my first video blog post! Yay!

Remember that this is just the way I do things. It’s my system. My current system, that is. If you have ways of doing things that work, you have a system, and there’s no need to change it.

I like to write on paper. It helps me think better. But I also store notes in electronic form. It’s a hybrid system. A mongrel, perhaps. A mutt!

Mutts are strong and hardy. A mutt system is versatile and will come when you call it ;).

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3HL4WEi6Yo?rel=0

12 thoughts on “What To Do with All Those Notes

    • Thanks, Karen! I think I’ll milk that mutt metaphor some more in future posts. It’s a fun word to use!

    • Thanks, Karen! I think I’ll milk that mutt metaphor some more in future posts. It’s a fun word to use!

    • Molly, good idea! Evernote is a way to remember everything. That’s their tag line. It has a folder structure like your computer, but folders are called notebooks. Each notebook contains titled notes instead of files. Along with my business notebook, I have notebooks for art, books I want to read, recipes, shopping lists, computer passwords (coded!) and an almanac that has a hodge podge of info such as where I bought some copper wire a few years ago and ideas for my friend’s bachelorette party.

      Most of my notes are text, but Evernote can store images, screenshots and hypertext, and you can tag your notes to organize them. Of course, everything is searchable by keywords too. I have Evernote on my iPod Touch, so I synchronize my notebooks between them. That means there’s a copy on the Internet so I could access it from a friend’s computer. You can have notebooks that are just local to your computer if you want.

      If you have an iPhone, the notebooks can sync automatically. I think if you pay for the premium service, you can have “offline notebooks” that will sync even if you aren’t online. I don’t have that. There’s a workaround though; I can sync on my Touch and then make a notebook a “favorite” and that will let me see the info when I’m not online (the Touch accesses the Internet through wifi, not a paid phone/data plan). One handy way I use Evernote is my recipe notebook. When I’m out shopping and suddenly feel inspired to make a particular dish, I can look at the note and make sure I buy the ingredients. I actually use that alot!

      Evernote does a bunch of other things I don’t use and many I don’t even know about. It’s a pretty amazing little critter. It’s not platform based, but I have a Mac so I used Apple examples.

    • Molly, good idea! Evernote is a way to remember everything. That’s their tag line. It has a folder structure like your computer, but folders are called notebooks. Each notebook contains titled notes instead of files. Along with my business notebook, I have notebooks for art, books I want to read, recipes, shopping lists, computer passwords (coded!) and an almanac that has a hodge podge of info such as where I bought some copper wire a few years ago and ideas for my friend’s bachelorette party.

      Most of my notes are text, but Evernote can store images, screenshots and hypertext, and you can tag your notes to organize them. Of course, everything is searchable by keywords too. I have Evernote on my iPod Touch, so I synchronize my notebooks between them. That means there’s a copy on the Internet so I could access it from a friend’s computer. You can have notebooks that are just local to your computer if you want.

      If you have an iPhone, the notebooks can sync automatically. I think if you pay for the premium service, you can have “offline notebooks” that will sync even if you aren’t online. I don’t have that. There’s a workaround though; I can sync on my Touch and then make a notebook a “favorite” and that will let me see the info when I’m not online (the Touch accesses the Internet through wifi, not a paid phone/data plan). One handy way I use Evernote is my recipe notebook. When I’m out shopping and suddenly feel inspired to make a particular dish, I can look at the note and make sure I buy the ingredients. I actually use that alot!

      Evernote does a bunch of other things I don’t use and many I don’t even know about. It’s a pretty amazing little critter. It’s not platform based, but I have a Mac so I used Apple examples.

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