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Dictate the Eyes to Rest

I consider myself a fast mobile typer. But there are moments in the note taking process where I can’t type as fast the thoughts move in my brain.

As a walker, I jot down notes in my ByWord app all the time. The only problem with this is that I have to look down at my phone and look ahead at the same time so I don’t run into someone or stroll blindly into the crosswalk. Dictation not only saves ideas, it saves lives.

I tried dictation for the first time yesterday. You have to go to settings and turn on Siri in order to activate. I don’t use Siri. In fact, it’s probably why I never used dictation in the first place. I find the whole personal assistant thing bazaar, especially in public. But there are still situations too where dictation is out of the question, such as when you’re sitting in the quiet car on the train. No one wants to hear a conversation, especially when it’s with yourself.

You can use virtually any writing app to dictate notes. All you need is click the mic button in the keyboard to start recording. Your words hit the servers and populate onto the screen almost simultaneously.

Writing starts with a good idea, which you catch in those in between moments while you’re walking to work or standing in line that the ideas pop into your head. But writing by simply speaking ensures that you’ll never miss anything. Dictation is a lovely process that lets my thumbs rest and allows me to pay closer attention on my surroundings.

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of Discvr.blog and four books.