The Power of Always Writing Things Down

Where do you take your notes? Are you diligent about be taking notes? I’m a huge fan of note-taking. I use symbols like bullets, squares, clouds, and underlining. As some of you know, I’m an Evernote advocate. Below is a blog post from Time Management Ninja.

The Power of Always Writing Things Down

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Note-Taking Symbols

Write It Down Now, So You Don’t Have to Remember It Later

When was the last time you wished you had written something down?

Maybe it was the detail that you forgot from a meeting. Or a deadline that you needed to meet. Or perhaps, it was something as simple as the type of light bulb you needed to pick up at The Home Depot.(I’m not a fan of big box stores.)

Whatever it was… I bet you wish you had written it down.

Always Take Notes

Small details are important.

A phone number.
A time or deadline.
Or the deliverable you promised to follow-up on.

Small details seem simple. Surely, you can remember a singular detail, right?

Yet, a week later, you can’t recall it.

What was that little detail?

“Always write things down now, so you don’t have to remember them later.”

I once knew a guy who had a photographic memory. He could study by literally turning the pages of his notebook. However, as good as his memory was, he couldn’t seem to find where he had parked his car.

Here are Some Tips to Help with Your Note-taking:

  • Write It Down Now – The time to capture a piece of information is the first time you encounter it. Always be taking notes, you don’t know when you might need a fact again.
  • Nothing is Too Small – Just because it’s a small detail doesn’t mean that you won’t need it again. It is usually the small details that slip from your memory first. Nothing is too small to capture.
  • Have a Notebook – The #1 missing tool from most peoples’ time management toolkit is a notebook. It doesn’t matter if it is paper or electronic. It can be a trusty Moleskine or it can be an app like Evernote. Just make sure you have one place to capture your notes.
  • Take a Picture – Notes don’t have to be words. Sometimes it is quicker and more effective to snap a photo with your phone than to write it down. If it is an important picture, file it where you can find it again.

Write It Down When You Have the Chance

You may think your brain is a steel trap.

However, no matter how sharp you are, you can’t possibly remember everything. Nor should you need to exert the effort.

Always taking notes is an important productivity habit. If you write it down, you’ll have it when you need it later.

 

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