How do you effectively take notes and also where do you take notes? The reason I ask is that not all notes are the same. Some are small enough for a sticky note, since others may need pages and much more structure.
When dealing with the problems that have different ways therefore it means the recording is done differently. Sometimes paper will be fine, but then being mobile and recording digitally would be better.
For my own note taking, it mainly boils down to work (ESL teacher), blog articles and developing my software code. The problem I have is that they all run with different methods.
And so the solution is to embrace the differences. Not everything can be achieved doing the same method as different qualities need to be addressed.
1. Health and food notes
Viewing your eating habits might seem a little over zealous, but for some its a must. Mostly for medical reasons.
2. Teaching lessons notes
It’s great to look back and see what you gave to students and what to do next. Over a few years you will see how your methods have changed.
3. Family notes
Recording your family’s notes and happenings can be so rewarding, especially with your children growing up.
4. Medical notes
Recording your medical prescriptions and so on can help plot out when you or your family need to see a doctor.
5. Projects and planning notes
Business or school – making plans and keeping to a schedule is a great idea.
6. Emotive notes
It’s a great way to get out of your head all your days grievances. Write down your moods and feelings.
7. Movies, books and music notes
Record your own ratings and thoughts covering your experiences.
8. Life’s journey notes
Your life might not seem that amazing, but why not look back on that in 10 years and think how amazing it would be. Your opinion will not be the same.
9. Reaching goals notes
Making targets in your future can be easily plotted when writing down your small targets.
10. Writing and book notes
Keeping all those scraps and notes can get messy. You need one place to log everything. This is your go to place.
11. A Learning journal notes
Recording your languages is also important. You need to record and revise, so what better way than with a date driven journal to see your results.
12. To-do list notes
Jot down all the things you plan to do.
13. Motivational building notes
Save thoughts and phrases of your day. Technically I did this in a journal. It’s called Twitter. @nmopenshaw
14. Dream notes
Saving your dreams for another day. Wouldn’t it be great to read about your crazy dreams in the future? Quite scary actually.
15. Personal debating notes
What better way to vent your frustration without telling others. Loose the stress.
So how to record?
Recording on paper may feel the most natural. After all, we have been writing a lot longer than using computers. It’s quite easy to organize as with tactile objects it gives us a visual appeal and so feels more complete to us.
Paper might not always perform the best. If you deal with a lot of data, be it from books and media or from having years of notes then computers and digital devices might be best.
A spreadsheet on a computer would be great for cross checking. Spreadsheets are great for numbers but also the table layout is great for logging.
Journals come in classic books and also digital form. This is one for the personal style. If you prefer the digital influence then great, otherwise a book and pen will do fine.
I for one like the introduction of smartphone apps to sync notes from my phone to my computer. Its a nice touch and depending on that specific time I can choose either device.
Let us Know
So whats your tool for recording notes. Let me know here what you use and also what has not worked. Thanks, Nigel.