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Posted Tuesday, January 31, 2012 2:39 AM


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I use both paper and a tablet dependant on the circumstances.

I take pen and paper to meetings as you never know when you need to sketch/doodle out a concept to elaborate. This usually gets carted around in my black folder. Actions arising and key decisions then get emailed out to all attendees so that nobody can argue after the fact.

The tablet with evernotes comes out in a more structured setting where I'm taking notes and having ideas as somebody else is speaking. This is a great way of keeping things portable and being able to hop on to people's sites and stuff as they're talking. I've got an asus eeePAD Transformer which has it's own docking station/keyboard which makes it great for the intensive typing if it's needed.
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I'm virtual so always at a keyboard, so on calls I just type into Notepad (any other simple text editor would do). Then I transfer into Toodledo.


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As most here, pen and paper for me, I tend to try to use a stack of recycled paper (old one-sided printouts no longer required, less so now as we print 2 sides) held together with a foldback clip. The Pen is very important, has to sit comfortably in my hand and write well and consistently... not that I can ever read my writing

Am always envious of those that can type quick bulleted notes in front of us into notepad while chairing a meeting presenting something on the same computer & projector. Very transparent and then shared.


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Interesting question.

If I'm at my computer and taking notes, I will use notepad so I can store it as a text file. I can organize those however I wish.

If I'm in a classroom environment, I'll use my livescribe pen and paper because I'll know ahead of time about the training event.

If I'm caught by surprise walking about without my computer and need to jot something down, pen and paper is the only way. When I get back to the computer, I'll either scan it in using Neatworks or retype it into notepad. Or, if it's a temporary thing like a to-do list, I'll dispose/shred it once I've accomplished all the tasks.

I've been caught without any pen or paper so I've had to take notes with my android phone. I've taken pictures of white boards with the camera too.

I use the camera all the time when shopping around for the best price on merchandise. Take a picture of the product and price tag so when you go to the next place, you can confirm the model number and pricing of the previous place. I've had stores match prices that way too.

So, in summary, there's no easy answer except "it depends."
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Posted Tuesday, January 31, 2012 5:23 AM
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I'm mostly same as you, Andy. Have had a 9" tablet notebook for years, have tried various electronic entry forms, including typing & ink. OneNote seemed to work best. But ultimately I have gone exclusively to paper notes. My notes also last only a day or two, and I move anything important to my desktop: OneNote for notes, Outlook for tasks and scheduling. I think process of reviewing and dispositioning these notes is worthwhile exercise, and is why paper wins for me--when I take electronic notes directly, I don't have to do this part (I can, but don't HAVE to).

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Mind mapping. Blank piece of paper (unruled) and four different colored pens. I've only been trying it for a short while, but am finding it to be very effective. I do have some free software called MindJet on my Android, which isn't bad, but it's much easier to just draw on paper.

I haven't started using OneNote or Evernote, although you can mind map within that too, and that may be more effective for organization.


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Pen and paper to create a mind map while the meeting/lecture/session is going on. Also, I record meetings/lectures/sessions with my usb dicatphone.

When the meeting/lecture/session is over, I'll use a combination of my mind map, recording of the talk and several books to type up a decent document. Then create a better mind-map with more detail and keep document, mind-map and detailed mind-map together for future reference.



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Posted Tuesday, January 31, 2012 6:24 AM


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It's a mix for me. I sometimes use paper and pen (not pencil) or I will type them electronically on laptop, phone or something - it depends on the meeting and location.

I like the half page size notebooks. I am not picky on which one.




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There has been research demonstrating that people tend to remember better when taking hand notes over keyboard notes. It appears that the kinesthetics of the motion helps reinforce the memory.

Personally my circles and arrows help me structure the concept on paper.


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There has been research demonstrating that people tend to remember better when taking hand notes over keyboard notes. It appears that the kinesthetics of the motion helps reinforce the memory.

Personally my circles and arrows help me structure the concept on paper.

That might be true but what is the real purpose for taking notes? I take notes for bits of information I might need later on -- not to improve my memory.
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