A Good Note Starts with Personality

  • An important point that the majority of note-takers miss is:
    • Their goal is to write a good note, which usually leads to a well-structured note filled with crucial information and unexpected points.
    • However, this kind of note is often left untouched later and becomes another forgotten thought because it lacks the most important element: the soul of the note-taker.
  • When approached by students or newbie note-takers asking me how they should proceed with their notes, my universal answer is: just start writing.
    • But there’s a catch with this advice. What should you write and how?
    • This confusion can lead to procrastination and a dislike for writing one’s thoughts.
    • I remember how I began writing notes. The same way, just start jotting down everything that comes to mind, and it led me to numerous useless notes.
      • I am afraid to count their number in my vault. Take my word for it, there are a lot of such notes.
      • I don’t delete them because they serve as a reminder of how far I’ve come in note-taking and thinking on paper.
    • My true potential was unlocked when I adopted a different approach. Instead of just writing, I began to think about why I highlighted a particular piece of text, why I consider it important, and how this could be implemented in the future or how it could have been implemented in the past.
      • This usually opens the gates to a flow of thoughts.
  • So now, when asked how to start crafting a good note, I still answer with the same: just write. But I add that the writing should start with yourself.
    • Consider your worries and expectations. What do you wish to achieve and how do you plan to proceed? What actions have you planned, and what result do you dream of?

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