I am increasingly capturing information in the form of notes, images, URLs, web clips and voice files. The problem is that these are all resident on one device or another and, instead of making life simpler, I find myself trying to recall which divide a particular piece of information is on. Is there a solution for this?
There happen to be several. Each new technology provides a new place to capture or record information, but using another platform may be easier for one type of information or another (e.g., images captured by your camera phone) but it also increases the complexity of your retrieval process. Fortunately, there are applications that take advantage of the cloud to store information on a common basis regardless of how you captured it - and make it available from anywhere.
There are several like this but I use Evernote
as one of several ways to collect ideas, images and notes on the go. I find it useful to get camera phone images of whiteboards at a meeting into folders and keeping my to do list current across platforms.Tip:
Most problems solved by technology can also generate new problems that need to be solved by a combination of good operational practices, but sometimes require additional technologies. It is worthwhile to step back every so often and make sure these layers of technologies are still serving your basic needs relative to their overall complexity.© 2011 Institute of Management Consultants USA