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Old 04-28-2018, 08:41 PM
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Old 04-29-2018, 11:30 AM
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i should look into using onenote. i used to use a bunch of notepad .txt files scattered all over. i only recently upgraded to sticky notes.
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Old 08-01-2018, 09:42 AM
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I just got a new laptop at work that has Windows 10 - so no more Sticky Notes

I feel like OneNote is the way of the future and would prefer to start using that. Anyone have any good template OneNote files I can look at to see its potentials?

Right now I'm basically just using it like sticky notes.
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Old 08-02-2018, 10:49 AM
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My first version of OneNote came with a template, which I found very useful. To make it most useful, you want lots and lots of pages within lots of tabs. And you can put a hyperlink on one to take you to another. When I took advantage of all that, it was really darn useful.

I found it best to set up over the Christmas break, when I was nearly the only one in the office. For a few months following that Christmas, I felt more organized than ever. But it's easy to let it fall into disuse, and then you feel like you have to do a TON of catching up.

At least, that was my experience. But I do think I'll try again this Christmas.
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Old 08-03-2018, 06:15 PM
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I used to use a white board. I had a section for every project, and updated the top couple of to-dos/deadlines from time to time. But it kept me from forgetting about whole work streams (which I can do, too.)

Then I lost my office and the white board.

How are y'all using OneNote?
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Old 08-07-2018, 04:13 AM
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Old 08-07-2018, 10:10 AM
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Originally Posted by PeppermintPatty View Post
How are y'all using OneNote?
I've been using OneNote ever since I was introduced to it, although the exact way I use it has evolved. I hate paper, so OneNote ends up being the tool I use in lieu of dead-tree notebooks, collections of clipped articles to read, personal files, diaries, planners, etc.

For organization/planning purposes, my efforts currently center on two pages: a home page that sounds equivalent to your whiteboard, and a perpetual calendar.

My current home page in OneNote is made up of two tables:

The first table is a 52 or 53 grid where I make notes on my intended high-level to-do's for the week (or two) as I try to fit the week together. This table gets refreshed during the hour I block off at the end of every week for personal review/planning .

The second table is analogous to your white-board: One column per project/major function, with mid-level deadlines, milestones, tasks going underneath. You can use OneNote's internal bullet/checkbox set if you need it; or you have the option of creating tasks linked to Outlook if you're using Outlook and the full desktop version of OneNote.

For this project table, I find that I can keep 4 projects on a row comfortably with my monitor width (your mileage may vary) the top row of my project table is "Routine Duties" and my current top 3 projects. Lower priority / further-out projects/goals go on lower rows, which sometimes means that I only look at them during my weekly review/planning time.

I've also gotten in the habit of keeping a long-range calendar on the page immediately following my project table. This calendar has 10 columns: Weekly objectives, week ID, seven days, and notes. This calendar gets major deadlines/milestones, holidays, travel, my PTO, team member vacations, etc. I have to use colors to code different information, or else it can be too much to look at.

I have mixed thoughts about this calendar page, as it feels redundant with the project page and Outlook / as I don't like duplicating information / because I have to scroll around too much...but it's proving to be useful for balancing longer-range planning.

Prior to the calendar page, I just kept a simple, short two column table on my home page, which had future weekly objectives for the next few weeks described in a couple of words. That was simpler/easier, but suffered from having one or two weeks where I got I switched to a planning calendar format.

I tweak my organization system once or twice a year, depending on how my needs evolve, and how whatever I'm doing is working for me. What I have at the moment is reasonably OK for me given current duties / given my current role being dominated by long-term project work. It may or may not work for others, depending on their style and function.

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Old 08-07-2018, 10:14 AM
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Anyone use Evernote?
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