A Built-in Note-taking App

Simple and easy.

Simple and easy.

I know this is obvious but it’s worth mentioning explicitly since it’s a clear value that Desk brings to the table: Note-taking.

I’ve started using Desk for simply taking note during my meetings. I can save these locally or in the cloud which is nice since I have multiple MacBooks that I use in a variety of different circumstances and can get access to the notes anywhere.

In the Cloud!

In the Cloud!

The simple interface is distraction-free and can respect Markdown, which I personally love. Desk is now my primary desktop note-taking app.

And, if I ever needed to publish those notes publicly, which has been true from time-to-time, I can easily do it right in the app (duh).

Here’s an example of an internal memo that I had written for my team that I eventually published publicly since I believed that it would help some of my readers and blog audience.

Also, I love this definition on “note-taking” in general – it’s worth a read:

Note-taking is the practice of recording information captured from another source. By taking notes, the writer records the essence of the information, freeing their mind from having to recall everything.

Notes are commonly drawn from a transient source, such as an oral discussion at a meeting, or a lecture (notes of a meeting are usually called minutes), in which case the notes may be the only record of the event.

Note taking is a form of self-discipline.

Isn’t that so true?