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What's On The White Board?

I have this dry-erase board I use for quick notes -- dashing off phone numbers, little reminders, that kind of thing. I've found it much easier than searching for something to write on/with when I'm on the phone, and I can't stand typing notes while I'm talking.

Thing is, a lot of the items on the board are short-lived, especially the phone numbers; I need them when I need them, but they don't make the cut when it comes to inputing them into Address Book or whatever.Obviously, I erase the white board fairly regularly.

In doing so, I've found an easy little task that has saved me more than once: I created a file in Together (the digital junk drawer - they'll all work for this) and I routinely add dated (with TextExpander) "WWOTB (What Was On The Board)?" notes, onto which I transcribe the whiteboard entries before I erase them.

It's just a quick way to save me from having to look up a number, remember a dumb little statistic, etc.

It also prevents that phantom phone number thing -- where you have a number in your notes that's been there so long you've forgotten who it calls. By regularly dumping the white board into a file, I can clean it up, attribute phone numbers, and define the things that need to be defined.

Anyway, just a thought.

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