Taking down notes!

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.

Richard Branson’s blog post

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.

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  1. Couldn’t agree with you more, I started using Evernote recently and I am already seeing the changes. Every day I create a note with date as the title and write down thoughts / ideas / todos. It is really helping me go deep into the thoughts without being distracted.

    1. I use some paper and pen, the ability to put thoughts on paper, with doodles, diagrams, arrows is far easier than any note taking app. But I do use SimpleNote and sometimes store .txt and edit with Atom 😛

      For some reason, I never managed to use Evernote much. I am not exactly sure why, maybe because it has too many options.

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