The funny thing about using this Moleskine to take some of my notes… I’ve become a much better note taker in OneNote. Here’s what I think is going on: I don’t write a ton of stuff in the Moleskine. I usually write “To Do:” and then I add a date and a list of stuff I need to do for the day. The Moleskine usually stays at my desk and I write things in it when I feel like it. I also check off stuff that I do on my To Do list. So this little notebook is what’s replacing my post-it notes and assorted other pieces of paper when I need to write something down quickly.
OneNote, on the other hand, is my power application for capturing important, work-related information. This week I spent about 11 hours in meetings. I could probably fill a notebook every couple of weeks and what I would have at the end of a quarter is a beautiful stack of expensive little notebooks that I would never be able to find any information in. (And my little Moleskines deserve better than that.) So I’m finding that I’m using my OneNote for the larger meetings and I’m using my Moleskine for very small meetings where a laptop might be a bit of a distraction. If the information from the small meeting is something I need for later, or if I need to send out minutes, I type the notes into OneNote and I send them out directly from there.
So here’s the breakdown as I experience it:
Moleskine – Small, convenient, personal, creative, beautiful, relaxing, analog, un-plugged
OneNote – Powerful, effecient, organized, searchable, archivable, e-mailable, digital