Anyone who knows me will tell you I struggle with organization and because of that, I have always envied those people who are really good at it. Yeah, you know who you are.
They are organized and well put together in every area of life and able to discuss their ten page, mentally stored to-do list without even breaking a sweat. Of course, I am way on the other end of the spectrum. My mind is usually a fractured mess of ideas and tiny fragments of who knows what, which in the past, were either forgotten or lost in the abyss of gray matter. Such is life.
I was browsing through Clickin’ Moms some time ago and came across a post from Amanda at Finn Rose Photography, about organizing with Microsoft OneNote. And let me tell you…it has changed my life for the better.
For business, I use it to organize my client workflow, client email templates, shooting locations, track my job profit, organize ideas, bits from the web, links, addresses, marketing ideas, to-do’s and so on. You can even add audio, video and screen clips. OneNote organizes all your information in a digital workbook format, with tabs that make it easy to find everything. And if that’s not enough, you can locate your information with tags.
For personal stuff, I use it to create shopping lists, keep track of medical information, recipes and so on. It even comes with built in templates, to help you get started. However, I like making my own templates that I can reuse for each occasion. I have only just begun to realize the potential of OneNote.
So here’s to better organization in 2010!