Note-taking is an effective technique of storing information useful to your work. Scribbling down notes on your classic notebooks such as Clairefontaine Basic Notebooks may make a good impression to your colleagues and boss. But beyond impressions and compliance, effectively taking notes can help boost your productivity. Here are some techniques to improve the quality of your note-taking and, subsequently, your performance at work.
Choose a The Best Method
If you scribble away every detail, you may end up with a notebook full of useless information. Also, the freestyle method makes specific information difficult to retrieve in a sea of scribbles. For effective note-taking, you only write down information that is critical to work. It is, thus, imperative that you learn to organize notes in a method that works best for you.
1. Hierarchical Method
According to studies, you can effectively organize your notes into main topics and sub-topics. The result is an outline that captures the gist of your meeting. You can organize data into a hierarchy of ideas using designated fountain pen ink colors per heading and subheadings. Underlining, boxing and highlighting can also help emphasizes important points that need the most attention.
2. Two-Column Method
Another effective method employed in the business sector is the two-column method. To illustrate, you can divide one sheet of your Clairefontaine notebook into two, writing important notes on the left side and side remarks in the left. You can also input follow-up or additional information on the right side.
Use Diagrams and Doodles
A British psychology journal reveals that many individuals commit information to memory better using visual presentations. Diagrams, for example, present data with more clarity. They also show the interconnectedness and relationships of one idea to another. For example, a hierarchy chart effectively illustrates organizational notes. A cycle chart clearly presents and illustrates processes. You can incorporate these into your notes aside from texts.
Take Breaks in between Note-taking
Listening and note-taking simultaneously can overwork your brain. Therefore, make it a habit of setting aside your all your Clairefontaine Basic Notebooks or your iPads, for example, and take pauses in between to rest and recharge your brain and to improve the quality of your note-taking.
Consult Your Notes Regularly
The objectives of note-taking are to store information and use these to improve your performance at work. Your notes can serve as reminders to guide you in your work. Keeping your notes to rot in your drawer, therefore, defeats the purpose of effective note-taking.
Invest in Good Writing Materials
Effective note-taking can be done in analog and digital. If you prefer to input your notes in analog, invest in study notebooks and good pens. Notebooks bound in leather and cloth can protect your notes better than cardboard bound ones. A Leuctturm1917 notebook in a leather cover and elastic strap, for example, lasts longer than the common pad paper. Digital note-taking, on the other hand, spares you the hassle of scribbling. However, always remember to save and backup your files on the internet, the Cloud, or in drives.
Notedian offers a wide range of durable business notebooks such as a collection of Clairefontaine Basic Notebooks that you can use at work.