The art of note-taking

The advent of digital tools allows us to capture more and more information usin not only text but images and audio. The the skill is not just in the act of capturing. That is important but what’s more important is what do you do with those notes, how you organise them, review and most importantly how do they help you with your work.

In the last couple of weeks I came across two excellent pieces of content that touched on this very topic. If you want to elevate you note-taking skills or seek for some tips I can recommend that you follow the two links below:

How to Become a Masterful Note-Taker: 8 Lessons From Research

#047: The Lost Art of Note-Taking [Podcast][michaelhyatt.com]

Speeding up your digital notetaking

Digital tools for storing information like Evernte,Onenote, Sprigpad or many manay more are great for collecting the information. Everything gets stored in one place and can be easily searched and accessed. But with a move to a digital realm the biggest inhibitor or obstacle for using it efficiently is a keyboard. If you think faster than your type any digital tool no matter how smart will frustrate you and you might be better of with pen and paper.

To me there three ways in which you can improve the situation.

  1. type faster
  2. use keyboard shortcuts
  3. use text expansion software.

I recently came across an excellent post which made superb example of point no 3. It outlined how can you improve note taking by combining Evenote and TextExpander. In short, you can use TextExpander (or PhraseExpress) to turn any form of note-taking that you do on regular basis into a template which you can reuse time and again. When attending a meeting all you need to do to start taking notes is open a new note in Evernote and type the TextExpander key configuration to bring up the template.

I’ve been using text expansion on Windows (PhraseExpress) for few months now and it’s absolutely fantastic way to save time, automate inputs and leverage templates regardless of the application you’re in.

You can read further on this topic over at jamierubin.net: 
Going Paperless: Evernote + TextExpander = Productivity

Weekly links for 19th of September

A weekly collection of posts and articles about productivity, time management, tools and technology.

  1. Take Back Control of Your Work (and Your Life) – Tony Schwartz
  2. Simplify your life – 2011 edition
  3. Getting Things Done (GTD): Using Evernote to Remember Everything
  4. Getting Ready for 2010: My Moleskine Setup
  5. Saving Kindle Notes to Evernote

If you have any interesting articles please share them in the comments section.

Weekly links for 27th of June

A weekly collection of posts and articles about productivity, time management, tools and technology.

  1. My secret to becoming more Producteev …
  2. Making It All Work
  3. Episode 48: The Magic of Thinking BIG
  4. 15 Useful Project Management Tools – Smashing Magazine
  5. Steve Leveen: A Tabula Rasa Is Peace of Mind :: Articles :: The 99 Percent

If you have any interesting articles please share them in the comments section.

Weekly Links for 6th of June

A weekly collection of posts and articles about productivity, time management, tools and technology.

  1. What You Said: How Do You Keep Notes?
  2. 3 Labs graduations, 1 retirement | Gmail Blog
  3. Managing Content w/ a Dashboard Pt. 3 – Clients | The Mindjet Blog
  4. Video: "Broken Meetings (and how you’ll fix them)" | 43 Folders
  5. Five Things We Need to Know About Technological Change

If you have any interesting articles please share them in the comments section.

Weekly Links for 5th of February

 

A collection of posts and articles about productivity, time management, tools and technology.

  1. Actions, Insights and Notes
  2. 3 Take Aways
  3. The Complete Guide to Project-Based Learning
  4. Taking Content Strategy Personally
  5. Knowledge Is … All About Working Smarter, Not Necessarily Harder!

 

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