Since you're just getting started I will caution you not to get too worked up over the perfect software tool. We've all (Can I speak in vast, obnoxious generalizations here? I think I can.) gone through bytes and bytes of software thinking we'll find the exact right product to speed us up or streamline the process or, I don't know, raise our children, but at the end of the day "perfect" is elusive. Even if it means having a paper-based system to get you started (and many of us do), don't let the tools hold you back.