I distinctly remember when I was in middle school and my family bought a new computer. It was shiny, huge, and fast (for the time). I spent tons of time playing computer games, doing homework, and writing novels for fun on it. I remember that there was one program that came with the computer that caught my eye right away: OneNote. I used it a little bit, but at the time I had hardly anything to use it for, so I filed it away into the back of my mind and let it sit unused on the computer for years.
A couple of months ago I bought a computer of my own, my Toshiba Satellite laptop, and as I was starting it up I remember spotting the familiar OneNote icon in the list of programs. Immediately my memories of excitedly trying to find something to use it for back in middle school came rushing back. As I opened up the program I realized a ton of things that I could use this for, and I got to work. Now I use it for everything!
This program is often underrated, as I personally do not know anyone who uses it, but in my opinion it has become my favorite way to take notes and keep track of them in the most organized manner.
Here are my top reasons why OneNote is my favorite program for work, blogging, and school work:
1) Create Different Notebooks
I have specific notebooks for my job, school, my blog, and another one which I just added for Her Campus (I’m in the process of applying to create a My Campus chapter at my university! )
These notebooks (which I can color code, yes!) serve almost as folders, which easily help separate content and keep it very organized.
2) Create Different Tabs
As you can see above, these are the tabs that I have for my school notebook. I made one tab for each class, plus a tab to keep track of my schedule and things like housing assignment and mail box combination.
These tabs are kind of separate folders within the notebooks that help to further divide the notebooks into sections. There is an unlimited number of tabs that you can create which leads to an unlimited number of ways you can organize your things!
Under the tabs you further divide the content into pages, which there is no limit for the number or the length of.
3) Include an Excel Spreadsheet
I have multiple classes in which I need to keep track of doing a specific number of repetitive things for my grade. Some of these things include posting responses to an online forum, logging hours in the scenery shop, or even just making sure I don’t skip over a certain number of classes.
I personally love using Excel to keep track of things so this is a feature I use all the time. By being able to embed an Excel spreadsheet into my OneNote I’m able to easily keep it all in one place alongside my other work.
4) Make To-Do Lists
As you can see in the picture on the left here, one of the things that I make To-Do lists for is my blog post ideas. When I have an idea for a blog post I toss it up under this page and once it is written I check it off!
This system helps me to keep track of which posts I’ve already written about, without having to search through my blog for duplicate content.
I also use to-do lists for things like school projects and assignments for work to keep track of what I’m doing.
5) Organize Notes with Headers
I take notes in class 2 different ways. One way is that I write them down, full with color coded pens and highlighters and everything. Another is that I use OneNote.
My main reason for not typing up my notes at first was that it was difficult for me to organize them easily and quickly. However, since I figured out this trick in OneNote, that changed. OneNote comes with pre-styled headings to easily organize your notes. These headings also have easy keyboard shortcuts to quickly change between them while typing, which comes in handy considering that I type just as quickly as my mind thinks.
Those are just some of the many reasons why I love to organize my work, school, and blog with OneNote! I highly recommend that everyone try out this tool to organize their life one step further. It really takes the stress off of me.
Want more organization tips for life and school? Check out my top tips for students here.
What do you use to organize your notes? Have you tried OneNote?