December 18th, 2007 | Published in Google Notebook
Christmas always stresses me out. Between travel plans, gift ideas, wish lists and finishing up at work, there's a lot to keep track of. Luckily, Google Notebook helps out a bit — below are a few tips from the folks who use Notebook that can ease the stress during the holiday frenzy:
Store travel information in Google Notebook. When there are multiple reservations involved, it's useful to have a single notebook with all of your confirmations side-by-side without all the extra stuff from the original email. Or if you're still trying to choose between different travel options, Notebook is a handy place to save alternatives from different booking sites. Just select the relevant part of any page and clip it (check out this video for more tips). It's then super-easy to print the notebook, share it with the people you're visiting, or use the mobile version to access it at the airport. For me, putting everything into a trip Notebook is also a useful way to make sure I didn't accidentally schedule a return flight before a departure flight (which I've been known to do on occasion).
Make notebooks of present ideas. I have a notebook of ideas for presents that I clip into any time I run across something promising while browsing the web. Or I just put down ideas as they pop into my head. Making a section for each person you need to give a present to help you feel more in control. (But be sure not to publish your notebook or you'll ruin the surprise!)
Make a wish list notebook. Help out your uncreative friends (or parents!) with a wish list notebook. Do make this one public! One tip: public notebooks aren't always the most attractive way to share a wish list. But luckily there's a way to take any public notebook and make a custom display for it. Here's a view I made that you can put your notebook into to send to your friends.*
I hope any or all of these tips come in handy. Happy holidays from the Notebook team!