For the last several months, I have had several changes in my environment that has caused me to take a look at how I collect information. I am now doing more research than ever, my job has changed, and I am working to become a more organized person (although I will never reach GTD nirvana). Lately the questions for me have been:
- Where did I see that sample?
- Which email account did I get that information in?
- Do you mean I have to retype all of these meeting notes?
- What are my next priorities?
Sound familiar? After playing around with OneNote for a couple of years, it took an aha moment for me. I learned about sharing notebooks across computers. This concept has now become invaluable. Below are a few tips and tricks that I am starting to use with OneNote:
- Poor mans Tablet PC. Last Christmas, I was given a Digimemo L20 for a gift. This is a pretty ingenious piece of equipment and one I take with me whenever I go to meetings. The software now includes a way to transport my notes (even in digital ink) to OneNote very quickly.
- Use a command line argument to start OneNote on a specific page/section (/hyperlink). I usually take a little bit of time to discover command line arguments. This time I was a little late in looking at these, but what a time saver. Every OneNote section or page has a hyperlink that is associated with it, which can be discovered by right-clicking on the page tab/section tab and selecting copy hyperlink to this page. Combined with SlickRun, this is truly invaluable. OneNote Command Line Switches
- Using a notebook on multiple computers. Here is a link.
- Using it as a ToDo list manager. I combine a Slickrun magic word with Todo to go to a specific page in my notebook that is shared across computers. Get this, the tasks even integrate well with Outlook 2007.