If an Idea Happens in the Car…

Everyone’s familiar with the old adage: “If a tree falls in the woods & nobody is there to hear it , did it make a sound?”

Well, the other day I had one of those Aha! Technology moments that made me immediately think of that saying & tweak it to the following: “If an idea happens in the car & nobody hears it…” well, you can finish the rest.

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Recently, I posted about one of my favorite new tools, Jott. Since posting, I’ve been using it on a DAILY basis to record reminders to myself in the car that automatically email themselves to me (or whomever I decide they should go to). Since I’m a very visual organizer, this is one of the greatest things since sliced bread to me.

A few days ago, while fully in the throws of my annual winter cold/flu/all around pain in the rear, I pretty much lost my voice. No big deal. That is, until I forgot & tried to speak when it actually counted. I was on my way home, lost in a million & one thoughts, hit Jott on my speed-dial to record an earth-shattering idea (it really was, I promise!), and BAMMM! I totally get shot down!

When you call Jott, it asks “Who do you want to Jott?” You can Jott yourself, or anyone else you’ve programmed in (easy process). Well, here’s the catch- it relies completely on voice recognition- i.e. if you’ve lost your voice you’re up a creek! After hearing the following three times: “I’m sorry, I didn’t get that”, I finally decided to admit defeat & go to Plan B (you’ve go to know when to fold ’em) Now the problem became- I had no Plan B! Technology Aha! moment enter stage left. In a relatively short time, I had begun to rely on this one tool so much, that I didn’t know what to do when I couldn’t use it! It’d be one thing if my cell phone had died, lost signal, etc.- typical experiences that we’re all accustomed to dealing with at this point. But this was something totally foreign. Needless to say, the experience has really kept me green & reminded me to go easy on those around me who are still throughly entrenched in the green state.

So, as I fumbled through my purse, looking for some real-life, what do they call that stuff again…oh yeah, PAPER, trying not to drive off the road because God-forbid I actually pull over, or even worse, FORGET what I wanted to Jott, I thought about how TOTALLY ridiculous I must have looked, and had a GOOD LAUGH at my own expense.

As I love to say (thanks Peter Ustinov), “Take your responsibilities, not yourself, seriously!”

Sometimes I think I treat many of my tech tools as little mini- superheroes, swooping down into my chaotic life to help make everything ok- So, here’s my Aha! Tech Revelation:

Be Your Own Hero!


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P.S. Thanks go out to Nancy Sharoff for letting me know that I never actually wrote what my Aha! moment was the 1st time I posted this 🙂

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  1. Nancy said:

    Being that I live in the boonies w/ LOTS of ‘dead zone’ spots for my cellphone I rely on my ‘lo-tech’ gear — a digital voice recorder. Couldn’t live w/o one! It’s small enough that it goes w/ me whenever I roam my building so I remember the things my teachers want me to do, it fits in my pocket and ANY sized purse I might choose to carry. I’m surprised you thought of paper! I’ve been in a similar situation and just grabbed the nearest writing implement and started scribbling on my hand! LOL BTW, you never did share the AHA! moment w/ us!

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