In my quest to stay organized and be productive I've tried all sorts of tools.
My favorite by far is the Franklin Planner, but the cost is prohibitive. I've had a few jobs that have provided me with the Franklin Planner. My first job even had a training video that I watched. Some of that material I learned in that training I've shared here in my blog.
I have tried several apps for my phone. There are several that I do like.
I feel that there are some disadvantages to the apps and all the technology. Technology is great, when it works. When the battery needs to be recharged any data you are looking for has to wait.
I work in a noisy environment. So being able to put my phone on speaker to access the info from the apps is hard if not impossible.
The real kicker for me is I am so visual I can't find the things I am looking for. What did I name it? How long ago did I save it? Where did I save it? Did I delete it?
So I found a pen I really like, and I got a mead composition book at Wal-mart. I can find my notes I've written, no battery. If I wrote on the left side of the page, it is still on the left side of the page. If the battery in my phone needs to be rechareged, I can still open the notebook and find the information I am looking for.
I love the gadgets, but sometimes a pen and paper wins.
The main thing is this: Find something that works for you, and keep at it. Being organized is partly a matter of self discipline and staying with things.
So after all my looking I find I like to write things with a pen in a notebook. There is just something about writing it down that works for me.