Describe your note-taking style and habits
Oh dear. This question assumed right from the off that I have a style! Well… sorry to disappoint, but I really don’t. I scribble things down in such a willy-nilly fashion that I can’t even call it a style.
Habit certainly; I used to have those for sure. I remember at Uni, I would do everything in my power to make sure my notes were neat, well numbered and easily referenced so that when revision time came by, I could easily come back and find what I wanted. Little did I realise that I spent so much time doing this, that I didn’t actually do very much actual note taking. This meant that everything I had, which was beautifully neat, and ordered and structured, had no substance whatsoever. This made it useless for revising. Ho hum.
I still have some of my notes; all bundled up in folders that I can’t bare to throw away because they represent three years of my academic life. Other than that, I can’t understand why I’m so sentimental about them – I really shouldn’t be! – but I can’t stand the thought of getting rid of them. I suppose I’ll have to at some point ; sooner rather than later, since the twins are going to want/need the room where most of my junk is held.
Anyway, these days, taking notes usually means I’ve been caught unprepared and I don’t have my phone to hand. Or I’ve had a marvellous idea that just can’t wait to be written at home. To solve this problem, I do have a notebook that goes everywhere with me. If its not in my bag, I don’t tend to leave the house until it is – seriously! – because you never know when you might want/need to write down something important. Its happened to me too many times before; ideas or thoughts that I’ve lost forever because my short term memory is too rubbish to hold onto them. So the book helps me put these things down in a form I won’t loose.
Thing is, finding them afterwards is kinda tricky. I started the notebook with several blank pages, so I could ensure a working contents page. I even numbered the first half of it so I could easily refer to what was what. But as time when on, I just went from neatly penned thoughts to hastily scrawled half-sentences on any scrap of empty page I could find. So these days my notes look like this:
Style? Hmmm, cram it in wherever there’s space.
Habit? Scrawl utterly illegibly so nobody but me can read my notes, ensuring that I am safeguarded from future embarrassment should anybody stumble across my half baked, poorly expressed thoughts.
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