2 Cool new Sites . .The geek in me is REALLY loving these two new sites I read about last night . . . Jott and Vitalist.
Have you ever been in your car, or at a restaurant and thought of something really cool, but didn't have your pen and a piece of paper to write it down? Or maybe you were able to cobble together a little note on a napkin or something? There is something you most assuredly always have with you . . . your cell phone. Enter Jott. No, I'm not going to tell you that Jott is some cool little program to install on your smart phone that recgonizes your handwriting on the screen as it's name implies. Rather, you put Jott on speed dial. Yep, speed dial. It's a toll free number in the US. When Jott answers, you tell it to whom you want to "Jott", then you tell it WHAT you want to "Jott" them. Jott then transcribes your Jott into text and does a number of things. It can text message the Jottee with your Jott, it can e-mail your Jott to them, OR it can e-mail or text them with a link to your Jott on the server and they can hear your voice. You can also configure groups of people to Jott. So say you're the manager of a business and you have to tell a crew of landscapers for example that today's job is off and you're taking them all fishing. You call up Jott, tell it the group name, and state your message. All your team mates get your message without you having to call them all individually. If you come up with a great idea in the car, you can Jott yourself and have an e-mail when you return to the office to remind yourself to do something.
All of these ideas and tasks are going to add up right? How do you keep them organized and instantly accessible? Welcome to Vitalist. I come to the office every day and create a list of things to do for that day. I generally end up transcribing yesterdays "not done" list onto today's "to do" list. It gets cumbersome and after a week or so of faithfully listing, it bites the dust. Now I've tried using Outlook's Tasks feature, but to no avail. So I don't know that I'll be much more successful at using Vitalist, but it's outward appearance seems a lot cooler. Access to your list anywhere. Through your PDA, or PC. And it has groupings and different ways to track tasks. Some of them can have definite end dates and remind you, or some can just be ideas that you want to research at a later date. It looks very cool.
I can see myself Jotting myself Vitalist entries.