during meetings when a person reaches for a pen and post it note, nobody thinks much of it. in fact, perhaps this person is seen favorably for taking notes and being fully engaged. is it possible the post it note now contains their shopping list? maybe. but don’t focus on that, because it looks like nothing is going on. i use evernote. it’s a program that exists online, on your desktop and on your mobile device; wherever you take notes it syncs the other two places so your notes are always there for you. you can record typed messages, audio, and photographs. brilliant, right? so let’s just say that some guy wants to waste less paper and sticky adhesive and decides to use a tool like evernote, and when it’s time to jot a note down this guys turns his iPhone on record it? no problem, right? WRONG! the moment the iPhone is picked up people are looking at the guy and thinking “look who’s checking his mail” or “i can’t believe this guy is going to text in the middle of a meeting” or “what app is he having fun with”. it seems like productivity tools that live on our mobile devices are given a bad rap simply because it looks like the person using them is disengaging.