A long time ago, I would go to a meeting and bring a notepad to take notes. Then I graduated to those cool blank journal books.
Over the past few years I’ve stepped it up and now take my MacBook Air (thanks, Joanna) to meetings. It feels so good to take notes during a meeting, spend 10 minutes cleaning them up and then send them out to everyone. I no longer have to fumble around with papers and lose time trying to interpret my handwriting. Its also nice to pull up all the websites we’re referring to while we’re in the meetings.
There are so many great tools out there that help with real time productivity. There’s Google Docs, Evernote and even using our company Instant Messenger.
I now find myself creating my daily checklist in TextEdit or a Word doc. All of those stickies on my desk are miraculously gone! What I do is keep my checklist open all the time and refer to it throughout the day. I leave it up on my desktop at the end of the day so when I login in the morning, voila! I know what needs to be done.
This real time productivity has crossed over into my life. I always have my iPad next to me when I watch TV – I look up things mentioned on the news, I get reminded to “check out” when I see those Fab.com commercials that fly by when fast forwarding my DVR, and I’ll even pull up the long trailer of that movie they’re talking about.
Then there’s smartphones. It would be so 2009 to go on about smartphone productivity, so I will spare you.
To date myself, I grew up actually using fax machines, typewriters, pagers, car phones, 5″x5″ actual floppy disks and phone booths. By the way, what’s Superman using now??……guess that’s why a meteor hit Russia :-)
I love technology and the real time productivity it provides. Some people prefer kicking it old school. Whatever your pleasure, I’m sure 20 years from now the pen and pad will become hip again.
What’s your favorite productivity tool?