Using OneNote to teach OneNote

Sounds redundant doesn't it?  How can you possibly use a tool to teach someone how to use the same tool? Well in this case it's possible because we're going to leverage the collaborative syncing capability of OneNote as a content delivery mechanism. The principle is surprisingly simple.

Step 1 - Create a notebook

Create a OneNote notebook in a shared location. A SharePoint document library or OneDrive folder would be best, but you can use a file share if needed. Once you've created the notebook you'll share the location of that notebook with everyone who will need access.

Step 2 - Have readers open the notebook in OneNote

Once you've shared the location of the notebook, have your users open the notebook in their local copies of OneNote. Once they've been able to open the notebook, they will begin to receive the synchronized updates as changes are made.

Step 3 - Start publishing content through the OneNote notebook

All that needs to happen now is the addition of strong, valuable content to the notebook so it can be automatically pushed out to everyone who has opened the notebook. Keep in mind any user can make changes as well so this isn't truly a content delivery mechanism.

By getting users to take the first step in engaging with OneNote at the level of an information consumer, you help them gain comfort and confidence in the ecosystem until they're ready to go out on their own.

Stainless Steel Templates for Journaling don't live up to their reviews


I decided to order a set of these stainless steel templates from Amazon after taking a look at them from various distributors and looking over the provided review s which seemed to indicate they were an excellent value for the price. I can’t provide a specific vendor name because, as you will find with many items of this time, there are literally multiple vendors you can buy them from through Amazon.

The package of templates arrived in short order, with two alphabetic brass-style bookmark templates, one that looks like an iPhone, one that is general shapes and icons, one more focused on flowcharting, and one that looks like a cat. Yes. A cat.


They are made of stamped steel, thick enough to be sturdy but thin enough to fit comfortably in the back of most journals. I slipped one into the vinyl pouch in the back of my Travelers Notebook without an issue and didn’t notice it was there for the entire day. They are a little heavier than their equivalent plastic counterparts, but being stamped steel are thinner which balances the scales in my book.

The edges on the shapes are clean and smooth, making for an easy drawing experience when using the templates. The steel is polished without obvious blemishes or mistakes. Any lettering is clean and clear on the surface. At first glance I would definitely say these look to be high quality templates that will catch the eye of anyone watching you use them.



Unfortunately usability is where these templates fall down. Due to the detailed nature of some of the shapes, unless you are using an extremely fine point mechanical pencil (.05 or better) or a fine point pen you may not even be able to complete some of the shapes. In other cases the shapes are easy enough to recognize on the steel but when drawn they lose their definition.

It’s this lack of usability that prevents me from using these templates on a daily basis (or even less frequently) and also prevents me from recommending them to anyone. It’s a shame because where their design and quality excels it is let down by the execution.

5 Ways Interns can use Bullet Journaling

5 Ways Interns can use Bullet Journaling

Bullet journaling is an excellent way for interns to demonstrate organization, flexibility, and planning skills to the group where they are interning. Often information is shared intermittently, incompletely, or not at all and the intern is left wondering what to do. Here are five recommendations on how an intern can use bullet journaling to their advantage.