KEEPING TRACK

Sometimes we forget to write about programs we’ve known about forever. Here they are now. Our friend Olga is using a notebook to keep track of her day trading. Now she’s more organized than we are. Which isn’t hard to do. But there are programs that make organization easier. Our favorite is Evernote, a free app for your computer, phone, or tablet. It’s been around for 20 years, but gets easier and easier to use. It gives you as many notebooks as you have ideas. They’re displayed  in a master index. Joy has an Evernote notebook called “Favorite Recipes.”  Though she could use Microsoft Word, Evernote makes it easy to flip through her whole collection, as though it were a […]

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NOTES AND REMINDERS

Google Keep makes it easy to take notes on your computer, phone or tablet. Write a note on one device and its synced on another.

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BEYOND THE TASK LIST

“DropTask” takes a different approach to the traditional to-do list. Instead of lists with deadlines, you see colorful circles with tasks inside. This is a lot easier on the eye and less stressful than traditional lists.

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PUT IT IN YOUR POCKET

We often use “Pocket” to save articles we want to read later. Pocket software is free for Windows and now there’s a Mac version.

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A PEN FOR THE CLOUD

Here’s something for the person who hates typing. It’s the LiveScribe “Sky WiFi Smartpen,” and it digitizes your handwriting, records the lecture you’re listening to and stores it all in the cloud.

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READ IT LATER

“Pocket,” (formerly “ReaditLater”) lets you save videos, websites and articles to look at later. The ads are gone when you look at something later. This works on computers, Android phones and the iPhone too. Get the Pocket at GetPocket.com.

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SCRIBBLING ON THE WEB

Scrible.com has a nifty browser extension lets you highlight stuff you see on the web, add notes, and then save and share them. The tool is free and works with any web browser.

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GETTING PRODUCTIVE

A free “to-do” list service online makes it possible to assign tasks, schedule them, and forward emails to your list.

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FREE STICKY NOTES

Virtual sticky notes are handy. Here’s how to find them for Windows 7 and XP.

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THE YAHOO NOTEPAD

The search engine Yahoo.com has added a useful “Search Pad” feature that lets you takes notes as you search the web and automatically saves the sites you visited.

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