I decided to break out this from my other post (Workflow Assistance/Help (GTD) - #12 by ClubmanPlus850) as it feels more standalone
Whenever I am at my desk, I rely on digital notetaking (like Joplin); however when I am away from the desk, I use Post-It's ... a LOT! For example over a weekend, anytime I want to capture something, it goes on a post-it. On average I would say I end up with maybe 5 post-it's per day I'm not at my desk. On a weekend, that is Friday night -> sunday Night. Vacation time, it can quickly get out of hand!
Why Post-It's (and not a phone)?
- They are fast; with a phone I need to find my phone, unlock it, locate the app, open a note, and type the note - the post-it is written in the time it takes to unlock my phone.
- I don't like to be "always on my phone", when people see me writing something (quickly) it has a different meaning than if i'm typing on my phone
- if i need to draw something, it's easy
Sure, I could use dictation, but I've never been a fan of that, so i fall back to post-it's.
What I normally end up doing is taking a photo of the note and attaching it - which works, but not ideal as it's not searchable, so I have to add some key words, along with filing it in the right place
does anyone have a good solution to bridge these domains? I have a wacom bamboo spark folio (https://www.wacom.com/en-se/products/smartpads/bamboo-slate-and-bamboo-folio) which is a good start; I have seen an open API for it, so maybe I can link it to Joplin directly. (though I would love this tech to be post-it size and/or built into a phone case!)
with the bamboo, one solution I considered was to use a series of boxes in a pre-set position which correlate to a tag or notebook in Joplin - the idea being that when you take a note, you color in a box, and using image recognition, the backend can work out where it should be filed (with relying on handwriting recognition, which has a hard time with my handwriting!) - if you take notes for a specific purposes, you can actually then use pre-printed templates and forms - which opens up options for further auto-tagging and keyword recognition.