One of my constant challenges is note-taking. Not the actual taking notes part, but the part where I go back and do something useful with them. I write things down — information I want to retain, things I want to follow up on, tasks to accomplish, etc. But I don’t have a process for going through those notes and moving the data where it belongs. That’s one of my goals in this new push to simplify and produce.
For me, there’s something about the act of writing something out by hand. It helps me remember it better (to quote my introductory post here, “If I didn’t write it down, it didn’t happen”). So my go-to has been a 8.5 x 5.5 notebook, and then another one, and then another one, until my backpack is bulging with an embarrassingly large stack of notebooks that I know I need to do something with.
So I need to digitize. Capture things in a format that I can copy into OmniFocus and whatever other tools I decide to use. I did some research (which consisted mostly of playing with my wife’s iPad Pro). I decided that was overkill for what I need, but the Apple Pencil and handwriting recognition are what I think will do it for me.
So last night I bought an iPad Air with an Apple Pencil, and this is the first thing I’m writing on it. And though I make my living supporting Apple products, the Apple price tags are too steep even for a fanboy like me. So I went into the store with a pocket full of old iPhones and an old iPad and traded them in, and I walked out the door with a $690 iPad that ended up costing me $211. Now to disappear down the app rabbit trail!