"At first I was worried that I would have a hard time integrating analog and digital. However, what I have found (likeBrian Johnson) was that I became a better OneNote user. I love OneNote, but because it was so easy to create sections, pages and the like my Notebook had this crazy complicated taxonomy that I could never figure out myself.
When you start using paper again, you are limited by some fairly
basic things. One you write you can’t erase, when a page is full it
can’t be moved, and you can’t search your notes with a computer.
However, this isn’t so bad, as this is how I did things for most of my
life and it tended to work fine. Digital has introduced so many options
that I never knew how to use them. Some of the things I have noticed
doing the past few days are:
- I like taking notes in my Moleskine at work. I am not distracted by
Outlook, and I can focus on the meeting rather than bury my head in my
- I transfer important work items like next actions to Outlook at some point, and then cross them off.
- When I am using OneNote to take notes, I mark Next Actions using
the Todo flag, and when the meeting is done, or I am finished taking
notes, I send these tasks to Outlook from OneNote.
- I take all notes from my One on Ones in my Large Moleskine.
- I keep the number of sections and folders in OneNote to a minimum.
- I separate a Work and Personal section in OneNote.
- My personal stuff is mostly in my Pocket Moleskine since that’s
what I have the easiest access to at home, on the weekends etc. It
doesn’t run out of batteries and doesn’t require that I boot it up.
So the bottom line is that I use a mix of my Large Moleskine and
OneNote at work. I like to think on paper, and take notes in some
meetings (the ones where I am learning new stuff), and use it for
ideas. Stuff that is actionable I move to Outlook later. I use OneNote
for all my other Meeting Notes, as well as putting small snippets of
reference data and such."
Our apologies for posting an incorrect photo of Mr. Shahine earlier.