Write yourself a note and you have it for the future. Write a smarter note and you will give your “future” self an advantage, saving time and reducing frustration.
What are the elements of a smart note?
- It needs specificity – action words and enough details that your future brain will understand what you were thinking. Dumb notes are written quickly and lack definition, making them useless.
- It needs an index to allow you to find information quickly and efficiently. The Bullet Journal system is an excellent way to index written notes. Evernote has built in search to find information quickly.
- It needs to be processed. Follow the 4D Rule: Do it now (if it can be done quickly), Decide when (put it on your to-do list for some future date), Delegate it (send to someone else to deal with), or Delete it.
- It needs to be reviewed. The meaning of review is to “see again” and solves a problem for the human brain. Your brain is not good at retaining large amounts of information. A review helps you see again what is important in your life and work.