The arrival of OneNote as standard on Windows platforms around Windows 8 was a shock to many, and in fact, a lot of people didn’t quite know what this app was all about. Fact is, we all struggle with productivity in our own special ways. None of us are a hundred percent productive, a hundred percent of the time, however, there are ways for us to inch closer and closer to that goal. After all, there are few things which people desire more than having more hours in the day, and the next best thing, is the ability to make more out of those fleeting hours.
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So OneNote dares to ask the question, what if productivity was linked to technology. After all, this is a great pairing, seeing as technology tends to make things more efficient, and productivity is all about maximizing efficiency as is. As a result, there is, and has been, a huge emergence of so called “productivity apps” which are intended to make you a more efficient person as a whole. These apps, despite having a singular name, fall into all manner of categories, which range from time management, event reminders, flowcharts, and boards. Thankfully, in this piece, we’re going to break down one of the premiere apps of this nature, Microsoft’s own OneNote.
What is OneNote?
OneNote is actually an application which comes preloaded on all Windows devices these days. It’s icon is in the style of the newest Office, but takes on a funky, purple color scheme. This app essentially functions in “notebooks”, which have “folders”, which break down into their simplest form as “pages”. Each page allows you to type, draw, add shapes, templates, and a lot more. It’s important to know that OneNote is intended to be an “always on” application, rather than other office apps which have very situational purposes. It allows you to add reminders, notes, colored checklists, and all manner of productivity tools. Additionally, it is a lifestyle app, and can link to the OneNote application on your phone, allowing for some kind of transcendent link, which seeps itself into all facets of your life. Truly a productivity app in all senses of the word.
How does OneNote Help?
As mentioned in the introduction, it is a “productivity” style app. However, how exactly is does it make one more productive than previously. Well, it allows you to streamline, organize, and thoroughly clean out your notes, thoughts, or tasks. This has a great way of doing this since the pages are customizable, so you can set them to appear however you feel most adequate, adding to the versatility and “one size fits all” nature of the application.
I have personally used OneNote in the past, and would actually highly recommend it to anyone, irrespective of whether they are struggling with their productivity or not. Simply due to the fact that it allows for such deep organization that you may begin seeing things in a different way altogether.