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Are You Using GMail for Taking Notes?

March 9, 2007

While I’m big on pencil and paper, and I enjoy sketching and planning ideas on paper, I’m also deadly good at losing papers in the quagmire that is my desk. So I’m looking for a way to take quick notes (like documenting phone conversations) electronically. Ideally, the solution should be:

– cross platform
– accessible from anywhere (ie. online)
– searchable
– simple to use

While I found a vast number of note-taking solutions, I’m leaning towards using Gmail. Here are some reasons why:

– I already use it extensively. No additional tools in the belt.
– I always have it open at work and at home, so it’s quick to access.
– It’s inherently dated and timed by virtue of being an email.
– It’s Gmail so it’s searchable and can be filtered.

I’m interested in making it a little more useful to me as a note-taking tool, so I’m trying to hone my use of shortcut keys, and I’m looking into how I can organize the subject line to make the Gmail filtering into a useful system.

Do you take notes? What do you use? Any ideas (or other sources) for using Gmail in this way? I’d appreciate the input.