What is your preferred note taking device? Digital or paper?
I belong to a local Question and Answer Facebook page. Folks use this page to ask questions about the community or to search for local services or to ask for suggestions and guidance with a variety of issues.
This morning, a frantic post appeared on the page:
“Anyone had their notes on their iPhone just disappear?
I just had them all and now they are gone. Freaking out a bit!”
Most people store notes (tidbits of information, miniature files, and other miscellaneous facts) in the Note section on their phones. I, however, continually forget my phone has this handy feature. My preferred method for note-taking is to grab a small notebook and pen. I use these outdated tools to scribble down random thoughts, life-changing inspirational quotes, and other miscellaneous facts. I’m guilty of stuffing jot notes into my purse, leaving them on the kitchen counter and scattering them inside my car. My life is full of paper prompts that include memorable moments, telephone numbers, and emergency reminders such as “pick up toilet paper.”
Recently, I’ve made more of an effort to remember to type notes into my phone. I’m not a total convert but I do enjoy tip-tapping on the miniature keyboard. I feel a smug satisfaction knowing that my personal lists, inner thoughts, and life goals are stored neatly in the palm of my hand.
So, of course, when I see the panicked plea from the fellow Q and A participant, I begin to worry. Did my private notes disappear from my Note app? I try to recall what notes I had actually typed. Are they important? Are they lost in cyberspace? Is someone else reading them?
I grab my phone, tentatively press the little notepad symbol and sigh with relief to see that all of four of my notes are neatly intact. Whew!
Next, I carefully examine these precious files in order to determine if I, too, will be fraught with panic. Will I encounter the same misfortune as the Q and A pal, who is presently “freaking out”?
The first note is entitled PORCUPINE RIDGE-SYRAH and contains the name and photo of a favourite bottle of wine. Obviously I no longer need to refer to this – as I have since memorized the exact location of this beloved bottle – and can navigate myself blindfolded to the exact shelf at my local LCBO. Delete.
The second note lists an item that was recommended to me by a friend: Bye Bye Gray by Marc Anthony – $12.99 – Shoppers Drug Mart. This must-have product is followed by this suggestion: USE HAIRSPRAY AFTERWARDS.
I’d forgotten all about this little endorsement. No doubt, this could be life-altering! I complete a quick Google search and discover that Bye Bye Gray is not very highly rated by beauty experts. One reviewer describes it as “insane-looking scalp paint”. Hmmm. Perhaps I don’t need this note after all. Delete.
The third note looks hopeful. It’s entitled Eye Doctor. Perhaps this is my most recent eyeglasses subscription? Upon opening this file, I discover some type of running commentary that was written in order to pass the time in the waiting room. It goes as follows: I have a headache today. I arrived here just as a small child was barfing onto the carpet. I glared at the mother. My kids never barfed in public places! To be honest, they likely did and other mothers likely glared at me. My days of barfing children are done and gone. Now I can glare at other mothers and their little barfers.
Hmmm. What an odd note? And so judgemental of me!? What was I thinking? I wonder if I can use this note as fodder for a future blog post.? No, I think not. Delete once again!
Note number four is called Deodorant – What’s the Difference?
Deodorant for Women:
- Baby Powder Soft
- Spring Breeze
- Go Fresh
- Go Sleeveless
- Romance Rose
- Cocoa Butter Kiss
Deodorant for Men:
- Wild Rain
- Arctic Force
These lists are followed by the comment: Women are cool and breezy and kissy. Men are wild and adventurous and powerful. Why do we allow deodorant to define us?
I’m not sure if this note is an observation or a criticism. Perhaps I should get on my soapbox and change the world with this revelation. No, this world has enough environmental, social, spiritual, and political angst. We don’t need to concern ourselves with a deodorant dilemma. I delete this one too.
I sigh with relief as I realize all is well. My notes were safe. But they were deemed unnecessary. Now they are gone. I hope the Q and A poster is able to recover her notes, especially if they are more earth-shattering than mine. If she’s unable to locate them, I have a pen and notebook she is welcome to use.
Do you type your notes into your phone? Would it “freak you out” if you lost them?