Have you ever taken notes at an important meeting, only to find that when you were ready to write the meeting minutes, you couldn’t find your notes anywhere?
I used to have an inbox on my desk where all the paper documents would pile up and eventually, when I couldn’t take the clutter anymore… I would start sorting, processing and filing all the papers. A week later, it would look the same!
This is why I’m excited to share TWO awesome tools with you that have helped me completely digitize my life and my notes!
While there are numerous note taking tools available, I’ll be covering the two that I’ve chosen out of more than 30! Microsoft OneNote & Evernote.
To start off, let’s have a look at their quick introduction videos: (Videos To Be Embedded)
While this gives us a good overview, let’s have a look at the top features of each:
- Work seamlessly across all Microsoft Office applications (Excel, Word, Powerpoint)
- Google Chrome extension to clip pages on the go.
- Colourful ways to sort your information with notebooks and pages within notebooks.
- Access your notebooks from virtually anywhere – Syncs all data to OneDrive
- Arrange your page as you wish
- Easily reference pages and sections within a notebook by performing a search.
- Optical Character Recognition (OCR) allows you to search for content contained in a scanned document (Big plus)
- Chrome extension that allows you to clip a full article or only the selected elements on a website (Evernote Web clipper)
- All notes backed up to Evernote server for access to your notes on any device.
- Business card scanning pulls the information on the business card straight to your note with searchable names, numbers and designations.
- Presentation mode allows you to present directly from the note you created.
- Tagging function allows you to quickly access any information.
- Annotate PDFs directly in Evernote (I use this often!)
- Robust mobile application allows for quick notes, voice recorder & document scanner
While I use both, the search functionality of Evernote combined with the optical character recognition feature, makes it easy for me to scan, edit and share documents with my colleagues and clients.
If you, like so many others, are still struggling with minute taking, then I suggest attending a short course through Kumalogreen that will help you with note taking, summarizing and selecting the most important points when writing and compiling minutes. Learn more about Kumalogreen’s short courses here.
These note taking tools have been a game changer for me and I hope that my story will inspire you to try them out. What is your preference? OneNote or Evernote?