My Newest Productivity Tool: Dragon Dictation!


Dragon Dictation

I spend lots of time out in my car running errands, dropping kids off at practices, picking them up, waiting for the bus… if you are a Mom- you know the drill! And when I am driving around- it’s not like I can write things down when they pop into my head…. things like: ideas for a blog post, a specific sentence I want to include in a post, a reminder to order something from Amazon, or a note to tell Steve about something funny that the kids said… honestly- the list of things that float around my brain when I have a few moments to think is rather random and endless.

I tried using Siri on my iPhone to capture these thoughts- to send myself reminders, to even take dictation for a blog post….. but she fails miserably. First of all- I don’t even think she likes me that much. When I tell her to send me a reminder- the “Siri wheel” just scrolls and scrolls and scrolls (can I get a picture of this?)- and by the time she answers me- I’ve already forgotten what I wanted to tell her (yes, these random thoughts are THAT fleeting). Secondly- when Siri is ready to hear me out…. I can’t pause for a breath or anything because she then decides that I am done. And again- by the time I get her to listen to my instruction to add further information- I’ve once again forgotten what I wanted to say (clearly this is a thing with me)…..

Am I the only one frustrated with Miss Siri?

So I did a little app hunting… and stumbled upon Dragon Dictation- my new best buddy.

This free app available for both the iPad and the iPhone will take dictation at the mere press of a button.

dragon dictation start My Newest Productivity Tool: Dragon Dictation! And it does a fairly decent job of capturing your words as long as you speak slowly and clearly into your device.

dragon dictation recording My Newest Productivity Tool: Dragon Dictation! I searched around for a few hints on how to get the app to understand endings of sentences, capitalization of proper nouns, etc, and I found this great “cheat sheet” over at iSource.com┬áthat gives you the low-down on how to do all of this.

dragon dictation editing screen My Newest Productivity Tool: Dragon Dictation!

So far I have used the app to dictate reviews for Trekaroo, entire blog posts, list of things to buy at the grocery store (although that one came out as a bunch of goobly-gook). It does take some practice in learning how to speak dictation-style…. as an example- to get it to type” Lili Ann is at diving class this afternoon.” I have to say “Cap Lili Cap Ann is at diving class this afternoon period”. But once you get the hang of it- it’s almost like having a personal assistant right with in your car. Except that she can’t help you break up arguments amongst your kids, or walk the dog at rest stops or anything…..

What do you think? Could Dragon Dictation help you to be more productive?

Sharons Signture My Newest Productivity Tool: Dragon Dictation!

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Barb @ A Life in Balance
Twitter: BarbHoyer
April 4, 2013 at 7:36 am

I LOVE Dragon Dictation when I remember to use it. It’s made taking notes for recipes so much easier. I also love that I can send whatever I dictate to Evernote for future editing.

I’ll definitely check out the tips for adding punctuation to the dictation since that would cut down on my editing time.
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2 Sharon
Twitter: sharonmomof6
April 6, 2013 at 7:03 pm

I hate to say… when I am “on a roll” and dictating to Dragon Dictation- I rarely remember to add the punctuation information. I need to re-train my brain to work that way!


3 Amy April 4, 2013 at 9:11 am

As for Siri – I think she is just not nice and she doesn’t like me either. Maybe we could sick the dragon on her and fix her up good. Thanks for the info, I am off to find that app!


4 Sharon
Twitter: sharonmomof6
April 6, 2013 at 7:01 pm

So funny you said that- I feel that Siri likes my kids and answers all of their questions…. but no matter what I ask her- she never quite understands me. Siri just doesn’t get me….


5 christine@TheAums April 4, 2013 at 1:22 pm

I agree that dictation tools make all the difference. I use the Voice Memos on my iPhone for recording ideas and the writing that goes on in my head. I especially use it while driving and running.
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6 Sharon
Twitter: sharonmomof6
April 6, 2013 at 7:00 pm

Does the voice memo application then translate when you said into written form? That’s what I really love about Dragon Dictation….


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