I need to get a damn Mac. I want to give Scrivener a shot. Usually I just take notes in word or on pads. The major problem being lack of organization, which often leads to never going back to the notes I've taken, and trying to reconstitute it from memory. I use index cards... sometimes. Though I often find rambling word documents to actually be easier on my thought process. There is a surprisingly workable notecard template in Final Draft 8, for those that use it.
Writing this post has also made me realize just how much I suck at outlining. A flaw I desperately need to correct.