Inertia is tough. There is often no barrier too small to halt progress.
After a meeting, do your notes get into your computer?
Do you send the follow-up correspondence you thought about and know you should?
When you think of something that you need to do – do you capture the idea and add it to your list?
Do you regularly store your thoughts, plans and insights (even when they occur at odd times)?
Jott is free; and currently offers unlimited 30 second transcriptions. This is perfect for To-Do list items or one-thought notes to yourself or others.
It turns out that I often want a longer talk time. CopyTalk offers unlimited 4-minute transcriptions. Perfect for letters, memos, journaling, etc. Obviously it is a great business productivity tool; yet, I also use it as an always available electronic journal.
CopyTalk is now a speed dial on my phone – and using caller ID – it knows it is me … so I just start dictating. I get the text in my e-mail typically within the hour.
Here is a picture of CopyTalk’s web interface for their phone dictation transcription service.
Very convenient, and I like it a lot!
I use Microsoft’s OneNote as my content management tool. So when I get back a dictation from the service, I choose to categorize it either as something to go in my weekly commentary, an item for this blog, a personal journal item, or correspondence.
I found that I do best when I dictate right after a meeting. However, I also found it very helpful to schedule time to dictate every day. Sometimes I get a great nugget, right in the middle of a whole bunch of (pardon the French) crap. Nonetheless, for me, dictating has been a good habit and a good muscle to develop.
Of course I see myself as a benevolent dictator.