Today’s guest blog post is written by Erin Madden Ramirez, Client Project Manager, PatronManager.
You work for an arts organization. You wear a lot of hats and time is a precious resource. You’re always looking for a way to streamline your work efforts to make your job easier. So why are are you still relying on legal pads, sticky notes, and scraps of paper to keep track of meeting notes and your to-do list? This is the 21st century, right?
Oh, we’ll never get away from paper entirely, but with the dawn of the cloud era (arguably, we’re in mid-morning at this point), note-taking apps, collaborative workspaces like Slack, and free project management tools, there is no reason to keep your notes so disorganized and so inaccessible as keeping them on paper. That’s not to say you can’t take your notes the old-fashioned way, but you should never leave them there.
First thing’s first, good note-taking can be a challenge. Sometimes, it’s hard to find a balance between quantity and quality. This article from The Digital Project Manager provides a detailed guide on how to prioritize what notes you should capture. And while this article focuses on project-related calls, the concepts are applicable to staff meetings, phone calls with donors, and really any other note-taking situations.Read the Article