Capturing Every Idea

I read a post at PopGadget today on computer-related ADD. That sounds like me. I have been saying lately that the Internet is the bane of my existencce becasue it is such a distraction. But I think I have found the tool to help me wrangle it all in. I don’t like to gush about Microsoft because I had a really bad relationship with Outlook. I will spare you the details but it ended very badly and I still sometimes pen angry letters on the subject. But my little daliance today started with a trial download of OneNote, which I felt I should take for a thorough spin (I’ve seen it in demos and all but never really lived with it.) Microsoft targets it at students but I have heard good things about it from grown-up non-students like me.

And it turns out that when I actually capture all those random, out-of-order, disjointed thoughts that occur throughout the day and feel like distractions, I am getting quite a bit done. It is so easy to send things I find on the Web or get via email or have stashed in a file somewhere on my computer to my OneNote notebook where I can easily remember them, that I got to the end of the day and realized that I had ammassed a great deal of research. Later, when I need it, I won’t have to chase any of it down again.

It’s early, of course, and we could hate each other tomorrow. But today, we are doing well. I’m just taking it one day at a time but I’ll let you know how it turns out.

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