Why do I love Microsoft OneNote? Really, OneNote is an extension of my brain. I’m a full time business student, work two part time IT jobs, and I actually have a life too.
I use OneNote in the classroom by having a notebook I created with the name of the school I’m attending. Then I have sections for each course I take. Within each of those sections are pages including class notes, notes on my meetings with groups, and things like the syllabus/assignments. I like how you can paste pdf files (or any files) into Onenote and open them straight from there (one central location for all your stuff). I record parts of lectures, take handwritten and typed notes, and make to-do lists for homework/projects in class.
At work, I always have a running to-do list that I use. Then I have a section for IT related things of the business, such as how the network is setup, contacts, checklists, inventories, and other related items. Then I have separate sections for more company related things such as meetings outside of IT, company policies, and more. I also have pages under the IT section that contain things like static IP addresses of printers, what IP addresses are still available, etc…
My personal notebook is mandatory as well. As soon as I think of something I need to get done, I write it in my personal to-do list. If I want to write in my journal, I have a section for that. Likewise for things such as different topics of interest to me. I actually have a whole notebook called politics, with different sections covering things like the election of 2008, oil, the economy, healthcare, and different politicians.
Can you live without OneNote? Of course…but I wouldn’t recommend it. J