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Snip Snap Tag and BagWhen you run across things that you want to remember or that interest you, just snip them. You’ll find that assembled on your device, you can recall them easily or later on get to them.

To do this, there are four (4) basic steps:

Snip. When you snip, you are zeroing in on a sentence, a key image or an outline that captures the idea you want to save.  There is an art to snipping.  The snippet (as the resulting snip is called) can be a quote from a person that you want to save, an important factoid or a sentence that synopsizes a key idea.  Less is more.  The idea is not to copy the entire article; rather, to hone in on the key essentials.  To snip, basically highlight the small portion onto your device or laptop, then copy to your phone.  This may involve the “copy and paste” commands, or you may be forced to type in an excerpt if it is print.  Store it in the cloud for future reference anywhere.

Snap.  Many times you want to capture a page in a book, or something from real life.  In these cases, you will snap a picture of the page or item, and store much the same way you would a snippet.

Tag.  As part of storing your snippet or photo, you need to keep in mind how you will retrieve it later on.  So, to facilitate this, you will need to tag it.  Tagging associates a word or a mnemonic to classify the snippet.  For example, you may have found a great quote about the health benefits of coffee.  So, you may simply tag it as health or coffee.  In fact, the nice thing about tags is that you can use both.  By entering both tags on your snippet, you will be able to refer back to it later.

Bag.  Now that you’ve assembled a menagerie of factoids, snippets, photos and what-have-you, you want to be able to save them.  The act of storing a snippet for use elsewhere is bagging.  As in, “It’s in the bag!”

There are different techniques for each, but you’ll notice that these all deal with text and photos primarily.  In each case, you are condensing the material into key excerpts.  These are meant to congeal the essence of a given topic, fact or event.  If you are studying for a test, preparing talking points or taking notes, these condensed versions will be perfect for you to digest and recall when you need to.

Also see Mobo Brain: A Guide to Mobile Brainpower

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