Voice to text is everything for us, bringing efficiency and ease to many parts of life. While we boast the benefits of using dictation to record and then have your audio transcribed for business benefits, there are endless ways to take advantage in other ways and locations. If you’re not always next to the computer to type something up, dictation is an amazing way to capture audio notes anytime, anyplace. Here are just a few of the best places you need to use dictation for your notes.
1. In the Car
One of the main places you really can’t just pull out your phone and start typing is in the car. While most of us are stuck in traffic during our daily commute and wish we could knock out some emails, write out ideas, or even get started outlining a new project, the limitations of having our hands and minds preoccupied prevent us from typing in the car. (We’re advocates for safe driving, too!)
If you’re one of many who drives with your phone at a safe distance in your lap or have it plugged into the car’s main speaker system, using dictation is a super safe and efficient solution for capturing ideas on the fly. Plus, if you’ve got your phone hooked up by a cord to your car, you can often listen back to what you’ve dictated before sending it off to be transcribed quickly.
2. Out in Nature
Sometimes the best ideas can strike when you’re out enjoying nature, with no one and no distractions to occupy your mind. Cell service may not be plentiful where you’re going, but the audio recorder on your phone is always ready to pick up what you’re trying to dictate. Whether you’re on a retreat, taking some time for a hike, or are camping with friends, you can quickly pull out your phone to capture your voice.
Nature can really act as a mental release, getting you away from your normal everyday routine and into a new environment that promotes creativity. When you’re back on the grid, just upload your recordings to be transcribed to have a perfect, written account of everything. It’s the perfect way to start dictating your next novel, short story, eBook, or any other written project you have coming up.
3. In an Interview
While we typically associate an interview with a highly professional office setting, there are many kinds of interviews that take place in the world – all containing important material and information that will need to be recalled. For some, this may mean upcoming interviews with potential babysitters, home care nurses and specialized care services, business technology services companies, and even subjects of interest for a documentary or research project.
Another great use of dictation for interviews is to make high-quality recordings of special family events, and story sessions with grandma and grandpa, for future generations to enjoy; always having the full transcript on-hand to re-read or reference at any point in time.
4. During a Class
Think about how much time is spent during the average college class, grad school lecture, workshop, or seminar just taking notes so you don’t forget the main takeaways and important details. Now, imagine how free you would be to think, be creative, and participate in that class, workshop or professional seminar if you didn’t have to do all that pesky typing.
There’s only so much that your brain can take in on a daily basis, and by capturing it all with your phone you can do so much more with that information, including transcribing it to have every word in written form. It’s the perfect way to pick up every detail without having to pick up your pen or laptop and type it all out.
Where will you be trying out your voice to text powers next? Let us know over on Twitter, we’d love to hear from you!