Keep Your Notes Organized Online: WorkFlowy v. Notational Velocity

August 3, 2011

1:00 pm

I am a big note-taker.  My little black notebook is sitting right here, filled with to-do lists and notes on clients and from client meetings.  I have nearly lost it a few times, which would be beyond awful.  So I’ve decided to join the 21st century and look at some cloud-based note-taking options; specifically, WorkFlowy and Notational Velocity.

This morning, I tried out both.  They are both super easy to set up and use, so those are big pluses.  Let’s start with Notational Velocity:

This application, which you need to download, is very stream-of consciousness.  You can create as many notes as you’d like, but the onus is on you to keep your notes somewhat organized.  I would end up using the search function to find everything I jotted down about Tech Cocktail, for instance, which is very similar to what I do now – flipping through pages in my notebook to find what I am looking for.

WorkFlowy:

I love this application, as it is more robust and forces you to be organized from the get-go (you don’t need to download it).  You start using it by creating top-level categories – you can add as many as you’d like.  Then you start adding bulleted items and notes to each category, thus allowing you to break down large projects into ever smaller pieces.

Even better, you can tag items that you have to (or want to) complete today with #today.  Like Notational Velocity, you can strike through completed items, but you can also export items using WorkFlowy.

So basically, Notational Velocity is more like a traditional notebook, and WorkFlowy is more like a personal organizer.  I think I will go with the latter.  What about you?  Have you tried either?  Do you use a different note-taking app?  Share your thoughts below in the comment section!

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Monika Jansen is a writer and editor who is happiest pounding out blog posts, newsletters, website content, and other materials. Follow her at: @monikacjansen

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