How do you take notes in the digital age?
Personally, for classes, I'm still attached to pen and paper. I have two notebooks, each have room for three subjects, and that works perfectly for me. When I'm out and about I'll either ask Siri to write a note for me or I'll just try to remember whatever it is. I'm still not quite in the habit of writing anything meaningful on my smartphone. I have tried using a stylus with a tablet, but I've never had a good experience, and doubt I will until I can find something with palm recognition/Wacom support.
Not going to lie though, I still long for the Courier.
When I was in uni and in the German class I now take, I use paper/pen or pencil into the textbooks. When it comes to hefty amounts of notes, nothing can ever beat paper/pen. The number of things that may require a quick drawing or table or strange characters that I haven't figured out how to type yet in German; it would just be a hassle in any digital form.
For personal notes, I use Evernote.
Now when I want to take short (1 or 2 line) notes I fire up google keep, and that has the added benefit of adding reminders to them
**For a period when I was an employee of RIM, I could type scary fast on a BlackBerry and could easily hammer out notes. So I would do that.
As I moved away from Windows I've come to rely entirely on Simplenote. I'll put most of my writing in there and if I need to do more full form writing I'll switch to Byword as an external editor via nvALT. I still use Evernote for taking notes and screencaps when watching online classes because I think that's where it excels best.
On the go I'll just launch Simplenote and quickly jot something down. This when I sit down it's at the top of my nvALT list and I can do what I need.
In meetings I'm trying to move to using Simplenote on my iPad just because I think the iPad creates a less impersonal feeling in meetings. I feels meetings need to be quick and efficient, and I've never been to keen on a table full of people staring at a LCD screen. I've thought about picking up an Evernote moleskin and using that when in meetings.
I still think nothing beats a pen+paper for scratch notes. I keep a moleskin next to my coffee stuff with a bunch of notes on grind settings and brew times. The moleskin in my desk is filled with notes about home theater re-wires and programming problem solving.
For meetings at work, I would bring a pen and notepad mainly to show that I am attentive and take things seriously. Of course, it helps me remember things from the meeting as well.
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