Do you take notes during meetings, phone calls, conferences and other events?
Wondering how to make the most out of this information?
In this post I offer some pointers on the benefits of writing over your notes, as well as a few helpful tips.
You’ll actively review your notes.
Do you take notes and then promptly shove them into a drawer or other place, never to read them again? The whole point of taking notes is so you can use this information at a later point in time!
Rewriting your notes gives your mind another chance to grasp information and process it, rather than just passively glancing through the material.
As you read through your notes, see if you can summarize information into bite-sized statements or sentences so it’s easier for you to understand in future.
You can better organize information.
Note taking is a fast-paced, and often fleeting process. You’re concentrating on what’s going on during the presentation/conversation and trying to capture bits of information for future use. It can be really difficult to make sense of all this information after the fact when you’ve got facts on one side of a page, quotes on another and a list references to check out. When you rewrite your notes, you have the chance to clean up all the information you have and organize it into something useful. Try finding similar pieces of information and concepts in your notes and then group them together for easier reference when you do your rewrite.
You can find out if you’re missing important information.
You took notes, so that must mean you collected every single bit of info during a presentation, meeting or lecture, right? Well, not quite, you might have inadvertently missed something and/or collected the wrong piece of information. Rewriting your notes forces you to piece together information and see if everything adds up correctly. If something looks a bit odd, strange or downright confusing, you can ask questions, check sources and do some more research to make sure you’ve gotten everything down correctly.
How about you? Do you have a collection of recently taken notes that might benefit from a rewrite? Join in the conversation and leave a comment below!