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Google Keep - a hot new app, or another app that Google will shot dead just as it's gaining popularity?

I'm really not that into Google features because every time I convince a tipping point number of friends to use one, Google shuts it down.

I also haven't tried Evernote or Catch.

My notes, shopping lists, and ideas remain scribbled in notebooks and on 3x5 index cards.

Have you moved your transient notes to a computer or phone app, or do you still rely on scraps of paper and little spiral bound notebooks?

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  •  Tip Jar (17+ / 0-)

    All knowledge is worth having. Check out OctopodiCon to support steampunk learning and fun. Also, on DKos, check out the Itzl Alert Network.

    by Noddy on Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 09:28:08 PM PDT

  •  "Boss, I can't find Ducky's PDA ..." (14+ / 0-)

    "McGee, it's a pencil and pad ..."  

    That would be me.

    LBJ, Lady Bird, Van Cliburn, Ike, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, Molly Ivins, Sully Sullenburger, Drew Brees: Texas is NO Bush League!

    by BlackSheep1 on Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 09:38:22 PM PDT

  •  I'm old school (13+ / 0-)

    I still use pen & paper for my "To Do" list.

    It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision. ~ Helen Keller

    by Pam from Calif on Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 09:40:44 PM PDT

  •  Paper, all the way (10+ / 0-)

    Any word on the snowstorm due to hit south-central PA somewhere between 3 a.m. and most of tomorrow?

    I saw the first few flakes walking home just now...of course, about two weeks ago we were supposed to get at least half a foot and got nothing, so I didn't see any panic shopping today.

    But I think this one might actually happen.

    Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

    by Youffraita on Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 09:59:45 PM PDT

  •  Note-taking. Several ways (11+ / 0-)

    I have one place where I keep written "to do list" and I scribble notes on 3 x 5 and 4 x 6 note cards (especially if making outlines for long topics). I have transparent notecard envelopes for various topics such as contacts.

    Too many scribbled notes on my desk...... but ever since I started using the note app that came with my iPod Touch I am very pleased at how easy it is to retrieve information.

    It's handy for making notes when I am out and about. Much better than coming home with scraps of paper, dented notecards all out of order that need to be filed.

    I haven't put all my notes in one place, though. Haven't needed to, I guess.

    On my desktop computer I have always kept several (sacred) reference files:
    Book Lists
    and.....wait for it....REFERENCES.

    Household key information is on a couple of notecards inside kitchen cabinet for easy reference.

    The biggest problem are the notes I jot down wherever I am when I hear something that needs to be written down....listening to the radio or watching TV.

    Note taking while reading? I bought some heavy stock bookmarks pre-printed with places to write title, author, page # and "remember this" and a place for notes.  

    I also write notes on my calendar.

    REALLY IMPORTANT notes get taped to the walls, the door, or the bathroom mirror.

    I also keep notes in Levenger Circa notebooks--easy to rearrange the pages and superior quality paper.  I like this type of paper:

    Heh heh. I'm revealing my secrets. People say to me: "Gee, you know EVERYTHING" but I have to confess that I just know WHERE TO LOOK THINGS UP.

    BTW, I ALWAYS keep my key contact information and address book in written and printed form.

    Now ask me about how I back up my files. . . . .
    Acronis and portable drives in a safe deposit box. . . .

    •  Hey, you stole MY Sekrit! (8+ / 0-)

      I, too, know Where To Look Things Up - and I have (usually) Strong Google-Foo.

      And most of my notes, drafts, outlines, etc. are paper, too. As I've been cleaning and sorting my house in preparation for selling it, I have discovered just how addicted I am to spiral bound notebooks - I have over 500 filled spiral bound notebook "journals" - nearly one a month for the last 50 years.

      I think...I really think, I have a writing addiction.

      All knowledge is worth having. Check out OctopodiCon to support steampunk learning and fun. Also, on DKos, check out the Itzl Alert Network.

      by Noddy on Mon Mar 25, 2013 at 05:45:53 AM PDT

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  •  by hand (11+ / 0-)

    Office Depot makes a 5" x 8" pad which is perfect for that kind of note taking, and sells them in 8-packs. I love them. Post-it notes are helpful too.

    -7.75, -8.10; . . . Seneca Falls, Selma and Stonewall (h/t cooper888)

    by Dave in Northridge on Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 10:14:10 PM PDT

  •  I'd love to find a good web-based system (9+ / 0-)

    for taking notes. So far I use google notepads on my Windows desktop, but that's an old app and I dunno how much longer Google's going to keep supporting it. And then I have a hodgepodge of bookmarks and pinterest pins that range from extremely useful to "where did that come from ..."

    Yeah if I could write all my notes by computer I'd sure do it, you betcha!

    In other news ... I have huge butterflies in my stomach about my financial situation. I am trying not to be scared, because it doesn't help, but ... I am scared. My income this month is almost nonexistent, and if I use my dwindling reserves to pay the bills I have to pay - that's it, no more reserve. I have been trying to have sales and I am actively looking for more writing clients through my Freelancer site, but so far ... nothing. I hope something comes in SOON. If not, I don't know ... I don't know what else to do :(

    End of Winter SALE at my Handmade Gallery on Zibbet - 25%off winter scarves, afghans, holiday items!

    by jan4insight on Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 10:43:27 PM PDT

  •  Good morning all, (7+ / 0-)

    and best wishes for Passover and Holy Week for those observing these high holy days.

    I write lists, phone numbers, all sorts of things on the back of old envelopes. I know, it's untidy.

    I sometimes make handwritten notes for diaries, especially when I sub for Bill in Cheers and Jeers--I collect the juicy bits of political asshattery and other tidbits on post-it notes. Call me old fashioned.

    What is truth? -- Pontius Pilate

    by commonmass on Mon Mar 25, 2013 at 03:47:18 AM PDT

  •  I keep a 3 by 5 spiral notebook in my shirt (6+ / 0-)

    and a regular spiral notebook
    in my lunch kit I take to work.

    If I have a big day on a day off,
    or I want to make sure I don't waste a day off,
    I go on this same computer I'm typing on,
    and I use Notepad,
    and I edit my existing to do list,
    and I print it out.

    When I go shopping for a big batch of groceries,
    I make a list from Notepad,
    by editing the existing list,
    and printing it out.

    I simply like printed words
    better than hand written words.

  •  Good morning everyone! (5+ / 0-)

    I write everything down in a notebook. My hubby does it all on his iPhone because he loses everything.

    Chilly, very windy, and sunny today.

    Have a good one.

    I am a work in progress. Still.

    by broths on Mon Mar 25, 2013 at 06:23:00 AM PDT

  •  Hello everyone! Still cold and windy but no sun, (4+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Noddy, cactusgal, FloridaSNMOM, old wobbly

    gray, gray, gray. I love the cold, but this grayness is
    getting old.

    I have hand written notes everywhere, mildly
    organized, getting better. Getting ready for big cleaning
    out trash run. Like clean out closets, big cleaning out,

    "The devil laughs when the poor give to the rich," Benvenuto Cellini, goldsmith, sculptor 1500-1571

    by bumbi on Mon Mar 25, 2013 at 06:49:18 AM PDT

  •  Spiral Notebooks-- large & small, post-its, (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    FloridaSNMOM, old wobbly, Noddy

    which I slap on lampshades, mirrors, comp. monitor,  etc.

    My note-taking habits are a lot like the trail of turds mice leave to navigate along a wall.  At the end of the day I gather up my "turds" and check off what I've accomplished and what remains to be done.

    The thought of having to sort through all my notes and organize them has caused me to emulate Noddy, and to write the following note to myself:


  •  I use my computer (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    old wobbly, Noddy

    Because I lose scraps of paper all the flippin time. I have many numbers also saved in my phone, or I'll email them to myself so I can access them pretty much anywhere. But I have notes and reminders to myself in notepad on my desktop. I've tried calenders, but I never remember to check them. Pieces of paper get scattered or lost and I forget to check those as well.

    Now I'll write grocery lists and such on paper. If I'm doing budgeting I have to do it on paper. But appointments, diaries I've said I'd write for a series, etc, I keep all of that in a notepad folder on my desktop. And because it stares at me every time I boot up my machine, I remember to check it.

    "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

    by FloridaSNMOM on Mon Mar 25, 2013 at 08:22:03 AM PDT

  •  let's see... I have a post-it utility called (0+ / 0-)

    "Stickies" for keeping short notes on my desktop. This is where I keep track of TV shows, movies, phone numbers, real misc.

    My (Apple) mail program has a "Notes" section, and these notes can be put on my iPod, so I can take them with me. What missing magazine issues am I looking for; series info for books is a big one; images for things I'm collecting, etc.

    We keep grocery lists on a sort of home-made portable mini-whiteboard. Teh hubban' keeps the budget in the computer; he's an accountant by training...

    I used to keep notes on paper, but it got bulky, was hard to search amongst (reading ref.s), and I often would make notes and never go back to them. the desktop stickies work considerably better, although there's still a percentage of "oh I haven't seen that (note) in years!" 8-)

    I have boxes and boxes of recipes and incunabula collected over the years. I'm currently tasked with sorting this mass so we don't have to move it, and part of that is finding as much of it as possible on-line... old paper is not good for people with dust, paper, & formaldehyde allergies ... woops, started this about 12 hrs ago & got distracted!

    winding up now!

    "real" work : a job where you wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom...

    by chimene on Tue Mar 26, 2013 at 12:22:09 AM PDT

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