Note-taking is important for both academic and professional life. Without the skill of note-taking, you may capture less information in a meeting, or you may not recall an important theory that your professor mentioned in a lecture. Michael Hyatt has an article to help you recover the lost art of note-taking. First he gives some great advantages of note-taking:

  • Note-taking enables you to stay engaged.
  • Note-taking provides a mechanism for capturing your ideas, questions, and commitments.
  • Note-taking communicates the right things to the other attendees.

Then he suggests four ways to improve your note-taking skills:

  • Use a journal-formatted notebook.
  • Keep your meeting notes as a running journal.
  • Use symbols so you can quickly scan your notes later.
  • Schedule time to review your notes.

With most of my notes, I use list form with indented for sub-ideas. I drop down as fewer words as possible. Two those are the main things to make my note-taking more effective.

Recovering the Lost Art of Note-Taking – [Working Smart]

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