OneNote, One Perfect Little Organizational Tool

Over the years, I have managed to develop organizational strategies that keep me on task and on time. These work really well in all areas, except one.

I am a note jotter but I am not great with little scraps of paper. I'm a bit of a "pile-person", meaning that I am great at making piles of paper that I am sure I will look at… but never do.

Sometimes, trying to override that failed system, I will group small scraps of papers with notes into some kind of container…an envelope, a plastic pouch, a small bowl, a file folder, a binder pocket, etc.

This also never works.

I have tried to organize myself electronically but that had pitfalls too. I would email myself notes and then they would get buried in my inbox. I began to get organized with an app called Evernote and then they changed their service terms. I had a bad experience with their changes and lost faith in them.

Then…I got a new computer. I actually blogged about the new computer last week. I am in love.

I ended up with a Microsoft Surface Pro (amazing) and it had the full spectrum of Microsoft apps including a little gem called OneNote.

Being an optimistic person and a little desperate I decided to give it a try. I'm only about 6 weeks into my relationship with OneNote but I have to say that it has been kind of great so far.

Here are some of my personal likes:

  1. It works seamlessly on all of my devices and computers
  2. It was very easy to install on all devices
  3. It's free!
  4. There is virtually no learning curve and it is intuitive
  5. It's simple, user friendly and looks the same on all devices
  6. It updates almost in real time across all devices
  7. It's super fast and allows me to jot notes, create files and add content quickly and without a lot of effort. For me, this is key as ideas come to me rapidly and at inconvenient times

All that in only the first 6 weeks!

OneNote does a ton of other cool stuff that I haven't even explored yet but so far, I am really pleased with it.

Below I have also included their "official" description of what the app does. Check it out.

Do you have a favorite productivity app or program you use?

Until next week,

Official Description

OneNote is your digital notebook for capturing and organizing everything across your devices. Jot down your ideas, keep track of classroom and meeting notes, clip from the web, or make a to-do list, as well as draw and sketch your ideas.

TYPE, WRITE, AND DRAW • Write anywhere on the page and unleash your imagination • Use your device's pen or your finger to write and draw with multiple types of pens and highlighters • Take notes on a white background, or add a grid or ruled lines for easier drawing and writing

CAPTURE ANYTHING • Quickly take a note by clicking the Note button in the Action Center and on supported pens* • Send websites, recipes, documents, and more to OneNote using the Share Charm, Microsoft Edge, Clipper, Office Lens, and dozens of other apps and services

GET ORGANIZED • Search and find anything in your notes, including handwritten ink and the text in pictures • Quickly access your most recent notes, complete with visual previews of each page • One-click access to to-do lists with check boxes

MADE FOR TEAMWORK • Easily share your notebooks and notes with colleagues, family, and friends • Plan vacations, share meeting minutes or lecture notes with people around you • Edit notes together and see changes in real time

ALWAYS WITH YOU • Your notes travel with you whether you're at home, in the office, or on the go • Notes are automatically saved and synced in the cloud, so you always have the latest on all your devices • Your notebooks look familiar on all your devices, so you can pick up where you left off on your desktop, tablet, or mobile device

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