How to Take Better Notes

You’re Taking Notes the WRONG Way — Here’s Why

A Simple (And Valuable) Lesson That Can Change the Way You’re Taking notes… Forever!

If you’re a knowledge worker, content creator, entrepreneur or just a lifelong learner you’re probably already taking notes.

Hopefully, every day.

Notes from the content you consume,
the interesting things you stumble across,
or simply for the sake of not losing your sparking insights.

You may use a popular app like Evernote, Bear, Google Keep, OneNote, or anything in between.

And that’s cool.

Because taking notes is not only essential to save and retrieve information.

(Our brains are pretty bad at remembering the details of everything we encounter — Did you remember which and how many apps I just mentioned?).

Nope.

Taking notes is also important because it frees up mental bandwidth.

Why?

Because unfinished tasks create “open loops”, running the task in the background of our mind.

But most of us (me included for a very long time) take notes the wrong way.

Because the wrong way is the one that seems the more intuitive.

Let me explain:

Your typical note-workflow may look like that…

1.You come across an idea that seems valuable.
2.You open your note app.
3.You write it down, maybe classify it (with a tag or by placing it in a folder).
4.You go ahead with your day.

Well done.

Your brain freed up some bandwidth.

You’re also 100% sure that this insight is not lost (and that you can retrieve it at any time.)

But the crucial question is:

What comes next?
What comes after recording this note?

Do you go back to it?
Maybe in the future, right?

If yes, how many times?

I bet that you just leave the note in the app for someday?

If you really want to benefit from your notes, here’s the thing:
You have to interact with them.

But most of us take notes simply for the sake of doing so.

It’s what’s called Collector’s Fallacy.

We collect more information without really taking the time to understand, interact, and take action from it.

In other words:

We’re building a giant personal Wikipedia that we rarely open,
further less interact with or put into action.

On the flip side,
we continue searching for even more information to create even more notes to put in our note apps.

(Make some more “research”, heh?)

But without really taking time to digest everything that we put in there.

The result?
Our note apps are nothing else than a note graveyard.

⚰ RIP, dear notes.

With a shelf life of just a few seconds, most of our notes’ life span is less than a mayfly.

So what’s the solution to that?
The solution -as I said earlier- is to interact with your notes.

Research has shown that the more we interact with something,
the more the likelihood to remember it.

By interacting with our notes we significantly increase the odds of taking advantage of those ideas and also become more creative.

But this is easier said than done, right?

That’s why I’ve cerated a Free 7-day Email Course on “How To Take Better Notes”. You can get it for free by tapping this link. (safe link to website)

– Matt Giaro

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Matt Giaro

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