If you’re looking for a way to capture ideas on the fly, using only your cell phone, I strongly urge you to take a look at Jott. This inexpensive voice-to-text service enables you to call one phone number, tell the service who you want to “jott” and dictate a brief “to do” item. Jott converts your message to text, and e-mails it to the address you have specified in your Jott account settings, or to an e-mail address you have set up in your address book on the service. It’s surprisingly accurate!
What’s even cooler is when you combine Jott with MindMeister, which enables you (via its Geistesblitz tools) to e-mail topics to your default map. I tried this, and it worked great. Here’s how it works:
- I first added a new address book entry to my Jott account with the first and last name of “Mind Meister.” For the e-mail address, I looked in my MindMeister account settings (under my account/settings/Geistesblitz e-mail) and copied and pasted the address that MindMeister provides for you to e-mail individual topics to your default map (you can also use a second e-mail address to generate entirely new maps via e-mail).
- Once that was set up, I called Jott. It asked me “Who do you want to Jott?” I replied, “Mind Meister,” and when prompted, said a brief test message. That’s it.
I checked my MindMeister default map a few minutes later, and there was my topic, with the prefix “Jott from Chuck Frey.” You don’t ever have to lose an idea again!