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?