This little tip is for those more likely to have a screen than a piece of note-taking paper in front of them. It’s a Chrome extension called Papier.
Once installed, you basically open a new tab and start typing. Whatever you type is backed up directly to Chrome and will appear each time you open a new tab, and it will stay there until you get rid of it. Because it backs up directly to Chrome, there’s no need for an account or for syncing.
Your notes do not have to stay in Chrome. You can print directly from the screen, or you can copy and paste your notes if you need them elsewhere. And you can format your text directly on the screen (bold, italics, underline,
strikethrough) using commands or the hand menu in the lower left corner. Shift your eyes to the lower right corner and you’ll see a character count… for those who like to keep track. You can even choose between day and night mode.
I admit that this is more a productivity tip than a 300 Seconds task. But it takes less than 300 seconds to watch the video below, find it in the Chrome web store, and install the extension on your computer. (Or you can do all three here.) And it takes less than 300 seconds to open a tab and start typing.
You can spend the rest of the time contemplating what to do with all of those gathered thoughts.