Increase recall and understanding by taking organized and hand-written notes
It’s important to take meeting notes. For engineers and designers especially, decisions find expression in our work – so it’s important to record and catalog conversation, decisions and thoughts.
I’ve kept a work journal for the since Oct. of 2014. Since that time I’ve gone through 5 or 6 journals. The recording was never a problem – it was the catagorization that was an issue. After a co-worker at Rackspace asked me if I ever went back and looked at my notes, I realized that I couldn’t – my notes were too disorganized.
So I did some research, and found a few good articles about note taking. This one in particular was my favorite article on note-taking.
The biggest take-away? I needed to be much, much more organized in my note-taking. Check out the notes I took for the previous 2.5 years:
As you can see from the images above, my notes are much more organized. Not only are the day-to-day notes structured in a way that’s easy to follow, the column on the left-hand side of the page allows me to quickly scan back through the past and see relevant dates, see important action items, priority-labled notes and people I’ve met.