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Old 04-11-2018, 03:26 PM
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How do yall use onenote? Just make a different note for each project and freeform it?

I've been using a mixture of the notes app on my phone, outlook tasks, and a google doc. Might be interesting to consolidate everything into one place using something like OneNote.

Anyone type notes in meetings using an iPad/laptop or is the norm to still use good ol pen and pad?
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I have tried tablet/laptop before and it is just too cumbersome. Also not good if you need to draw a diagram or flow chart. Easier to do this in a notebook.
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Seeking recommendations for keeping up with multiple projects.
What is exactly your problem?

Just remembering what projects that you have?
OneNote may be good for that.

If your looking for a project management tool - then you probably want something more robust. Your company may have a license already to some project management software.
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What is exactly your problem?

Just remembering what projects that you have?
OneNote may be good for that.

If your looking for a project management tool - then you probably want something more robust. Your company may have a license already to some project management software.
Yep, the bolded. I'll just forget things entirely. It's scary.

If something truly requires a project manager, I hand it over to somebody with that skill set.

I just need something to help me remember all the different efforts that various people on my team are working, so I can remember to check in on them, make sure things are moving along, etc. And also, so I have the latest thinking on various topics, remember where to find the last report or analysis, that sort of thing.
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I normally right down stuff in a big notebook, and then update onenote at lunch & after work. This way I have two sources of information (the notebook is also far easier to keep current when going to meetings).
Most of my meetings are on the phone, so I'm in front of a computer and can type away while participating. But I actually used to do what you're saying, even when seated alone in my office. It did work. But always felt wasteful (throwing away paper when I could just enter it all on the computer).

But, yeah, things stuck with me better when I did it this way. Plus, the process of transferring from handwritten notes to typed notes forced me to remember parts of the conversation, write them in a way that was more clear when I came back to them later, etc.

Thanks for the suggestion!
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Yep, the bolded. I'll just forget things entirely. It's scary.

If something truly requires a project manager, I hand it over to somebody with that skill set.

I just need something to help me remember all the different efforts that various people on my team are working, so I can remember to check in on them, make sure things are moving along, etc. And also, so I have the latest thinking on various topics, remember where to find the last report or analysis, that sort of thing.
For that, a white board can work. And make it visible to your direct reports.
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I normally right down stuff in a big notebook, and then update onenote at lunch & after work. This way I have two sources of information (the notebook is also far easier to keep current when going to meetings).
Great post (because I do the exact same thing).
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Microsoft Project if you are truly managing projects and there is no PM. Instead of OneNote I find Excel to be an improvement as you have text formatting and you can calculate.
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How do yall use onenote? Just make a different note for each project and freeform it?
I'll probably out myself with this, but...

First: I keep a "master project" page in OneNote. It's a grid where I keep big projects with a few notes or tasks for each listed.

Second: I do a page-a-day diary. Assorted notes, daily/short-term to-dos, etc. go there. Onetastic has some macros that can be adapted to make nice templates for this.

Third: Big "notes to self" or draft documentation ends up getting their own pages in a separate section or notebook. I probably could/should come up with a system to organize these nicely, but mostly I just rely on search within OneNote to find what I need.

Two other bits of OneNote goodness I make use of are the ability to create and link Outlook tasks from OneNote (I want project tasks/milestones with deadlines on my calendar)...and I use a Surface, so I can hand-write into OneNote for note-taking.

However, I am not currently a manager. I think my project grid would work with keeping tabs of team members' individual projects, but if coordination towards a common deliverable were needed...I'd turn towards Project (or...I think I have a Gantt chart Excel template somewhere...) if a formal Project Manager weren't involved
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