I always do meeting summaries. It keeps track for what/who/when. I do not care to do summaries for someone else, even better – it puts me in control. But I never spend my time to summarize after the meeting but during the meeting. The moment the meeting ends I show every one what I’ve written to make sure every one agrees on action items and responsibilities – saves a lots of time and energy and multiple interpretation afterwards.
I use no smart templates for the meeting summaries. The most important is to capture what to do, who is responsible to do it and the due time.
I use simple posts to my Outlook Inbox (ctrl+shift+S). Once in my Inbox I treat it as incoming action item just as other email that gets into it. Actually my OL Inbox serves me as a pipeline that I mentioned in My life Definitely Changed – Focus Is The Key.
Here is how I manage my pipeline (my Inbox) the way it stays clean – My Pipeline Is My Inbox