There is nothing worse than the overwhelm that comes from taking a class and not being able to keep track of everything you are doing (and learning). I am taking b-school right now and I am having trouble keeping track with the things I wanna do as a result of the work I am doing. I am great about taking notes but a lot of the times,  I can’t find what I need in my notebook. Here are some resources I found (and use to help me) take care of this problem.

 

Workflowy: A wikepedia of your brain and a great way to organize all your ideas in 1 place — I am using this to outline my novel

Thoughtboxes: Classes often leave us inspired to take big action but we don’t know where to put all of our ideas. Thoughtboxes is awesome for organizing everything into little plies for  later. One of my favorite digital apps.

Trello: A GREAT way to track your action steps with a clear, easy to use interface — so tactile — you literally drag and drop!

Paprika: This is  a unique app that lets you type all your notes on one “sheet” of paper – you can then create to-dos within the page – great if you like all your stuff on one page and want to see it all.

Teuxtduex – One of my favorite simple to-do apps. A great way to track your daily to-dos and they have a n area close to the bottom that is just for ideas you aren’t ready to implement yet.

Diary.com: This site is like a private pinterest board. I use mine to post questions, pictures and marketing inspiration that I want to keep track of for later. I have one for each b-school module.

Evernote: The SUPER notetaking tool. I find evernote the most useful when I am using the mobile app to keep track of my voice notes

Springpad: Another notetaking tool!

 

Do you have any methods for keeping track of what you are learning?  Any additional fun web things I didn’t mention? Let me know. I want to start a pinterest for all of these.

 

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6 thoughts on “Taking a class and your brain feels like it will explode? These might help.

  1. Thanks for Thought Boxes link. That was a little more of what I needed instead of Trello. You super helpfulness is much appreciated 🙂

    Posted on June 8, 2012 at 1:44 pm
    1.  @AlyciaWicker No problem! 🙂

      Posted on June 8, 2012 at 4:26 pm
  2. Thanks for this Shenee! I’ve tried all except Diary.com & Springpad and I’m heading over there right now. I’m in 3 programs right now (including Bschool) and Wow! My office looks like a bomb went off it in. Paper & one central binder will hold those hand written thought. Trello is keeping me on task with some projects And I’ve cracked open Evernote again. Thanks Shenee

    Posted on June 8, 2012 at 4:26 pm
    1.  @lahara WOW! That is a LOT of learning. I also find that having a program for each class helps me out too!

      Posted on June 8, 2012 at 4:31 pm
      1.  @heyshenee So, maybe using Trello for one & Spring pad for another? That’s a good idea.  All 3 are biz related, and have some overlap. All started in the past 12 days. So I haven’t quite got the groove sorted out yet.

        Posted on June 8, 2012 at 4:51 pm
  3. Hey, heard about this yesterday shortly after reading this post and knew you’d want to know about it: http://www.rescuetime.com/ Apparently it tracks what you are doing with your time!  So cool.

    Posted on June 9, 2012 at 2:47 pm