In a previous post, I mentioned some tips on taking notes during a meeting. Some have asked what my favorite tool is when it comes to note-taking. It really depends on the mood I am in. During a sermon, or when I am meeting with someone one on one,, I prefer a Moleskine journal with either a Sharpie pen or MuJi Gel ink Pen.
First and foremost, an note-taking app needs to help keep everything in order. Notability allows you to creat folders where each of your meeting notes, annotated documents, or sketches for a specific project are placed. Everything needed for that task or issue is in one place and can be referred back to at anytime.
Easy To Use
Notability is very user friendly. It is pretty straight forward. You can change colors, fonts, thickness. You can erase, or take some of your notes and copy/cut and paste, or even move sections around to another location.
Notability works great with other apps. You can download and import files from Dropbox, Evernote, or mail. You can also easily upload a document as a PDF to each of these or mail it out as an attachment. Often, I will receive a document that needs a signature. It is easy to open it in Notability, sign and email it back.
My favorite feature is the recording. While taking notes, you can activate the “record audio” feature that will record the meeting or class lecture. The audio is pretty clear on playback and the range will surprise you.
Why is this useful?
Say you go back to your notes and, as is often the case for me, have no idea what you meant or the context of the discussion when you wrote your note. You begin to play back the audio and tap on the note you wrote, whether hand written or typed, and the audio will jump to the point when you wrote that note. Every morning after an elders meeting I begin to type up the meeting notes to send out. Regularly I use this feature so that I can give a fuller account of what was discussed. This helps to not only give clarity, but gives you freedom and ease of mind during the meeting to not feel that you have to write every little detail. You have a backup of the meeting and can refer back to it as needed.