Too many gadgets, too little time. Nonetheless we spend a good deal of time checking out new productivity tools that have zero learning curve, zero (or next to zero) setup curve and that are actually useful. Jott gets the nomination on all three counts. Their slogan "Talk to Jott, get simple back" is for real. So what is Jott. Jott is something for your cell phone.
You're walking down the street and you remember that you need to call one of your managers to discuss the Pensky grant. You're sitting in traffic, hear some interesting new music on the radio and want to check out the artist when you get back home. You're laying on the beach and suddenly remember that you realize you've forgotten to reschedule an important meeting. You call Jott and a friendly female voice says voice says:
"Who do you want to Jott?"
You say "Myself."
Jott says "Jott self."
You say "Remember to call Janice about the Pensky grant."
Jott says "Got it. Want a reminder?"
Jott recognizes your speech and converts it into text which it: 1) Emails to you, and 2) places in your online Jott to-do list. If you requested a reminder, Jott asks you the day and time and then sends a text message to your phone at the appointed time.
It really works, is really useful, and, as of this writing is dollar free and ad free. There are more features, for example you can send Jotts to others (either email to text messages) or to groups and you can categorize your Jotts as well. For example, you could create a folder for "The Pensky Project" (who knows maybe George Castanza could have kept his job if he'd had Jott) and then tell Jott to put a particular to-do in that folder for future reference.
You can get Jott here. It is probably the best productivity tool I've found all year. If you try it, let us know what you think.