How often do you have calculations to save while you are away from the office? Perhaps an idea or an important thought comes to mind and you do not have a pen and paper nearby.
Note-taking applications allow you to archive your thoughts at a moment's notice through your smartphone or tablet; they also can sync information in the cloud and with other devices.
Here are five note-taking applications to help you keep track of important information for your smart office:
1. System Notes Application – Keep it simple and utilize the default notes application on your smartphone for quick notes. Price: Free
2. OneNote – OneNote works with Microsoft Windows, Apple and Android devices. It is a great way to organize notes, and you can even sign documents electronically from a tablet or touchscreen computer. You can also clip websites, and attach photos or files to notate in the program folders. Price: Free
3. Evernote – While OneNote and Evernote have similar capabilities, the look and feel is different. Evernote organizes more like an inbox versus the folder approach of OneNote. In addition to Windows, Apple and Android, Evernote also work with Blackberry devices. Price: Free; Premium Version $5 per month
4. Google Keep – Google Keep includes convenient "sticky" note reminders on your screen. It synchronizes with your Google account so you can access your notes from any browser, but the app is limited to Android devices. It is great for top-of-mind notes. Price: Free
5. Simplenote – This application is available on Apple and Kindle devices and allows you to synchronize your notes across devices. Price: Free
The business of agriculture yields copious amounts of information to utilize throughout each season, and even the next season. Many of these applications allow you to search the data within each note. Electronic recordkeeping not only cuts down on a mess of paper, but it also makes files and information easier to locate.
Now you can quickly search through past files to recall and remind you to complete upcoming tasks.
The opinions of Jessica Michael are not necessarily those of Farm Futures or the Penton Farm Progress Group.