The way you take notes can change your life. We think so. So do other digital note making application creators who try to make your Windows note taking as efficient and intuitive as possible.
When you take notes on your laptop or tablet – in class or at a workplace meeting – you’re trying to multitask. You are trying to divide your attention span so that while you take notes, you can listen to the speaker or the teacher, respond to email, check Facebook, answer texts and you’re bound to be somewhat distracted.
Short attention spans make us poor multitaskers
When we use electronic devices, we are tempted to multitask. But studies show that only 2% can efficiently multitask. The rest of us have attention spans of around 7 to 10 minutes. If you timed yourself while you were in a meeting where someone was presenting the latest sales figures for the last quarter, you’d probably find that your attention wanes in about 7 to 10 minutes, even if the topic is interesting to you.
When you have a tablet or PC to take notes with at the meeting, your attention is further divided and distracted. You may want to write things down, but you may also want to listen. We have looked at research to realize there are a few tips for more efficient Windows, MacOS or, why not, Linux note taking that will also let you focus on the content of the talk or lesson.
Tip 1: Taking notes if you have a poor working memory
The working memories of people vary widely. If your working memory is too short, you may want to take all your notes on Cylix as you listen, and then take some time to reprocess your notes on the same day, and subsequently after a week and a month.
Tip 2: Use a simple Note Taking software
A note-taking application with a clean, simple UI, functional and quick selection features is what you need to take notes without getting distracted.
We have tried to make Cylix such an app, and we will further improve it. Wordprocessors are not always the best place to store all your written notes as well as other documents that are a part of your project or area of interest.
Tip 3: Alternate with handwritten notes and your device
We recommend that for diagrams and formulas you use old-fashioned pen and paper to take your notes. Then you can take a photo of the page with your smartphone and save it on Cylix to be referred to later. The process of taking down a hand-written note would already have embedded the information you worked with in your memory.
Tip 4: Store in the cloud (only encrypted information)
At Cylix, we don’t offer cloud storage or backup services, yet. But we highly recommend that to avoid the headaches of losing valuable notes if something goes wrong with your PC, you should always create a backup. You could always use Dropbox or Google Drive, but since Cylix encrypts your notes, we think that would defeat the purpose. An online storage solution with encryption is what we recommend. Alternatively, store your already encrypted project in a regular Dropbox or Google Drive storage account.
Businesses who discover Cylix may already be using online storage solutions with 256-bit SSL secure connections and encrypted storage. Many storage companies offer a few free GBs of storage space, to begin with. These companies may also protect your endpoints, help prevent cyber attacks and provide other useful services, saving you a lot of hassle.
How do you streamline inefficiencies during note taking?