I came across an article about the famous and controversial billionaire Richard Branson. He apparently is one of the few powerful men from the corporate elite who take down notes during meetings.
No matter how big, small, simple or complex an idea is, get it in writing. But don’t just take notes for the sake of taking notes, go through your ideas and turn them into actionable and measurable goals. If you don’t write your ideas down, they could leave your head before you even leave the room.
Branson makes a good point about why men and women both should be taking notes – and certain activities at work should not be identified with gender.
But in addition to promoting gender equality at meetings, it is a really good habit to form. It seems like a waste of time when you go through a long interesting discussion and then forget about your ideas and reference points. Why keep this just about work?
We should be really writing down notes every time we discuss something interesting with even friends or family.