I commented on Rosie Sherry’s blogpost recently that I have kind of an elaborate note taking scheme:
- Evernote for general digital note taking and catchall for pretty much anything useful, day to day work tasks and useful info.
- Wunderlist for things I want to come back to later for blogging etc.
- Kindle and iBook notes and highlights from whatever I’m reading.
- If what I’m reading is sufficiently important, I’ll review the notes and highlights once done and transcribe them along with additional thoughts, observations, annotations etc into a Moleskine notebook.
- I’ll use that same Moleskine notebook for training notes etc also. It’s a “keeper” notebook, basically. Something I’ll refer back to in the future.
- I also have a larger Moleskine notepad for other day to day note taking, meetings, modelling/sketching/mind mapping etc. This one will get thrown away once done, after I’ve reviewed it on the off chance there’s something I want to keep.
This may seem a little fetishised, but I’ve evolved the system over a number of years now. And hey; what can I say. It works for me.
Over the course of that time I’ve tried a bunch of other approaches, including paper only and digital only. But I find a mix of the two works best for me.
I love thinking on paper, as it were, and there’s plenty of research to support the notion that writing is better for comprehension and recall than digital mediums. But dammit, I just can’t be bothered with carrying around a notepad everywhere I go when I already have my phone and/or iPad and/or laptop. Sometimes all three. And my notebook!
How do you take yours, if at all…?Thanks for reading. Feel free to reach out via a comment or on the socials if anything resonates.