By: Tony White So here’s the deal. I am a note taker, a jotter, a list-maker. I like putting pen to paper. I like my journals. I like making lists BECAUSE I like crossing things off my list. No, really… I enjoy the actual motion of striking through the item on my list. I get a charge from it, it makes me… well you get the point. Here’s the big downfall with pen to paper. You end up with paper, paper and more paper. Paper that you must wade through to find the note that you made on that awesome new product that would be perfect for the project you’re currently working on. So here’s the other deal. I didn’t grow up with technology. I remember when Texas Instruments came out with pocket calculators for heaven’s sake. Oh, wait, I’m showing my age. My point is, I usually have to learn technology. Technology isn’t innate to me like the generation behind me who grew up with a cell phone in their hand and a laptop on their lap. That’s okay though, I like that. I am also a person who openly accepts technology. You may be able to tell from some of my previous posts, I like experimenting with technology. I like the challenge, I like learning. For the past several years I have experimented with different systems. I was an avid Franklin Covey devotee for many years. Then came the Palm Pilot (showing my age again). I liked aspects of the Palm Pilot but I just didn’t’ get the same rush putting stylus to screen. I didn’t get to strike through my to-do list, I just got to put a check mark next to the item. No spark for me. Flash forward to the iPhone and smart phone age. Technology has improved vastly, but I still only get to tick off items on my lists. And yes, there are drawing apps, but please, let’s not even go there. What I’ve learned about myself is I still likes me some paper and pen. But I want a better way of searching for what I’ve put on my paper. Imagine my surprise when I was shopping for a new Moleskine journal and a beacon of light came radiating out of my computer. An Evernote Smart Notebook. What the what, wait, what? I am now the owner of a Moleskine journal that interacts with my iPhone. I still get to put pen to paper, but now I can find those notes and lists via my iPhone Evernote app, the Evernote web application or on my laptop. All those notes, lists, sketches, ideas in my journal are searchable. I’m only a couple months in, but so far, I think I’ve found a keeper. Time for me to mark “compose blog” off my to-do list now.