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Some thoughts about OneNote…

I am an avid OneNote user.  I’ve been using Microsoft OneNote for several years, and it’s a must-have application for me.  It helps me stay organized amid the chaos of competing priorities, fast-moving projects, and a busy family.   In the meantime Microsoft has been making serious investments into OneNote, making it available across several mobile platforms and integrating it with OneDrive and SharePoint Online.  The OneNote user experience is now quite smooth between mobile and desktop, and the value proposition for OneNote has never been greater.

At the same time, when I look around I see that many individuals and organizations have access to OneNote (it comes preinstalled with several flavors of Microsoft Office and the mobile app is free).   However, they’re not using it to capture notes or organize their information.  They’re not using a competing product, either.  For most people, pen & paper is still the preferred method for taking notes.  Information arriving electronically is captured in email or in folders or documents which makes it difficult to find information and keep it updated.  For many people, things that they know or want to keep are spread across multiple sources and repositories, and it takes a lot of mental effort to find and retrieve information.  Old habits die hard, I suppose…

Our mission here at ITKM Systems is to help our clients capture and organize their informal knowledge assets.  OneNote provides a great platform for accomplishing this goal.  Over the next few months, you will see some new content on this blog related to how to leverage OneNote for best results and achieve maximum productivity. We will be spending more time with OneNote, figuring out the best layouts, the best templates and the best ways to capture, organize, and retrieve your knowledge.

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