I’ve mentioned before how much I enjoy using OneNote on my home machine and laptop. It’s a great tool for keeping track of all kinds of information in one place.
Unfortunately, the one place I’ve really seen a need for this lately, is at work, where OneNote is not available to me. So a couple of us have starting playing around with the free version of EverNote. It’s taken a bit of getting used to compared to OneNote, which is similar enough to other Office apps that I was able to pick it up pretty quickly. On the other hand, it works pretty well, I’ve got a couple of different categories to store things like out Summation and Trial Director Support information, licenses, various tips, etc. Also, there’s a really nice weekly time tracker template available as a plug-in, that is incredibly useful for keeping track of time I need to bill to various clients.
While, obviously, it would be better to enter my time in our billing system as I accomplish a task, sometimes that just isn’t realistic. Sometimes the finance folks are closing the month and the program is unavailable, sometimes you’re working on a brand new matter, that isn’t available in the billing system, or more likely, you just need to jot it down real quick and move on to the next task! This template makes that pretty easy. I can use it to track the matters I’ve put time into, and what I did, and then when I have more time, go into the Billing system, and be sure I’m entering time correctly, with full descriptions of the work.
So, while I’m still a huge fan of OneNote, the free version of Evernote will more than do the job if you can’t use OneNote.