How do you take and sync notes on your device?

Evan Selleck
Contributing Editor from Arizona
Published: June 14, 2013

Despite my absolute love for technology, buoyed by the fact that I generally have to have all the new shiny things as soon as they're launched, I'm a bit old-fashioned when it comes to certain aspects of my life. Which, incidentally, do have a bit of a connection to my tech-obsessed life. But then again, there's probably no way to really get around that anymore.

When I leave the house every day, I grab only a few thins every single time. My wallet, my phone, sunglasses, my laptop, and a watch. These things are always with me, no matter if I'm just leaving the house for a few minutes or for a few hours. They are the "essentials."

I left something out, though. The old-fashioned parts. I have four different small Moleskine lined notebooks laying on the table in front of me right now. One green, one black, another blue, and the last one another shade of green. Each one of them have plenty of scribbled content, and I'd venture to say that they're all about halfway filled by now.

When I leave the house every day, one of these notebooks falls into that aforementioned essentials category, along with one of my pens. (I used to have an expensive pen, but it was lost in a recent move, so I'm sticking with BIC from here on out.) The notebook goes in my back pocket, and I go about my day.

At any point I can get the notion to take a note, so instead of turning to my phone as so many of you do, I pull out that notebook, scribble away, and then return it, along with the pen, back into a pocket. I'll usually do this more than a few times in a day, and it's something that I've grown into over the years. Some might call it a bad habit, and if that's the case, it is certainly a very hard one to break.

Through my years with all of the major and minor mobile operating systems out there, I think I've thought about utilizing note taking applications before, but it's something I've just never followed through with. I've heard good things about the big-name apps, of course. Some folks swear by Evernote, while others tell me that I'm missing out by not using Microsoft's OneNote.

The closest, and the only app that I still have downloaded on my phone, is Simplenote. But, I just never actually used it on my phone. I'd use it from time to time on the computer itself, but that's it. Never on the mobile.

But, I want to change that. While my system works, I want to be able to just sync from my phone, which is an HTC One, to a MacBook Air. So, this is me reaching out to you, in hopes that you can tell me which app you use, why you use it, and why you think I should incorporate it into my day.

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