Recently in the Unclutterer Forums, reader Knyghtmaire started the interesting thread “Capturing Meeting Notes” and asked:
I am curious how other [people] capture their meeting notes to reference later.
The answers that follow are wonderful and shed light on the different ways we all work. A few of the highlights:
HappyDogs: Frequently, we end up mapping out something on the white board, then, since none of us want to rewrite it, we take a photo of it.
AJ: How about a pen that records your writing and puts it into a PDF? A pen that also records (if you want) and co-ordinates the timing of your notes with the voice recording?
I haven’t looked into prices because it’s not available where I live, but the SmartPen looks like a really cool gadget.
rachel_413: What I do for important notes, is I scan them and put them in the computer folder for that particular project, usually in a subfolder called Basis. Although scanning your notes is an extra work step, it gets rid of paper files, and it’s important to have records for other people who work on the project, or may have to follow your trail long after you’ve moved on to other projects or companies.
I will type notes directly into a text file and then save the file in the corresponding client folder. If the notes will need to be referenced at a point when I’m not at my computer, I’ll upload the file to Evernote. If someone is interested in reading my notes, I’ll simply e-mail them. I like the idea of linking the notes somehow to the event that was scheduled on my digital calendar, but I’ve never actually done this. Anyone know how to do this with Google Calendar?
How do you capture meeting notes? Share your ideas in the comments to this post or join in the discussion on the Unclutterer Forums.