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3 Note Taking Strategies of Highly Successful Entrepreneurs and Leaders

The Charting Method

The system uses columns to systematically and clearly organize information. It's great when you need to memorize loads of facts and study relationships between topics.

History and medical students are particular fans because it makes memorizing facts easier than using the traditional line-by-line note-taking method.

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3 Note Taking Strategies of Highly Successful Entrepreneurs and Leaders

3 Note Taking Strategies of Highly Successful Entrepreneurs and Leaders

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The Art of Note-Taking

Even in an age where laptops rule, notetaking is still the tool of choice for highly successful students, entrepreneurs, and leaders.

Tim Ferris attributes his notetaking style as one of the most important skills of his success. Bill Gates and Richard Branson are both fanatic note-takers.

There isn't a one-size-fits-all note-taking strategy, you have to find one that is right for you.

The Cornell Method

This simple and highly systematic note-taking method helps you to understand key ideas and relationships easily. Best used for:

  • Gathering information from a seminar or presentation.
  • Recording college lecture notes.
  • Studying literature or a textbook.

Cornell Method: How to take notes

  1. Write down the lecture name/seminar/reading topic at the top of the page.
  2. Write down notes in the largest section of the page (right-hand column). Transcribe only the facts using bulleted lists and abbreviations. Take notes of questions that arise.
    3. Create question cues in the left-hand column that you will use later as a study tool.
  3. At the bottom section of the page, summarize the main ideas of your notes. Ask yourself how you would explain this information to someone else. Keep it concise.

Read over your notes in the left-hand column and summary at the bottom as often as possible. Quiz yourself with the questions you've included in the left column. Repeat often to increase your recall and deepen your comprehension.

The Maria Popova Method

Her strategy follows an idea indexing method to quickly and easily grasp the concept of an entire book. It makes understanding and quoting concepts very easy.

This will be extremely useful to medical and science professionals looking for an efficient way to reference papers and journals. Students who want to improve their reading study and anyone interested in self-study will also benefit from this method.

The Popova Method: How to take notes

  1. Create a title on top of the page.
  2. Start building your ideas index: As you're reading, list the topics and ideas that seem to be important and reoccurring. Use short sentences. Use one idea per line.
  3. Record the pages: Underneath every idea or concept heading, record the page where the reference appears.
  4. Highlight the quote/passage/reference: When you find quotes and passages relating to your key ideas, highlight this place in the book you're reading.

Your index list will grow as you continue reading. You will no longer read every annotation. The index will direct you to exactly where to find it.

The Charting Method

The system uses columns to systematically and clearly organize information. It's great when you need to memorize loads of facts and study relationships between topics.

History and medical students are particular fans because it makes memorizing facts easier than using the traditional line-by-line note-taking method.

The Charting Method: How to take notes

  1. Determine the columns you'll need. e.g. date/event/impact/pros & cons, etc. The average amount of columns is usually between 4 and 6.
  2. Create a document title on the top of the page.
  3. Label your columns with the name of your categories.
  4. Start note-taking. Write out each fact under its relevant column. Keep it concise by using abbreviations, shortcuts, and your own personal code devices.

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The Outline method
The Outline method

It requires you to structure your notes in form of an outline by using bullet points to represent different topics and their subtopics. 

Start writing main topics on the far left ...

The Cornell Method
  • The page is divided into 3 or 4 sections (top for title and, bottom for summary, 2 columns in the center).  
  • 30% of width should be kept in the left column while the remaining 70% for the right column.
  • All notes go into the main note-taking column
  • The smaller column on the left side is for comments, questions or hints about the actual notes. 
The Boxing Method

All notes that are related to each other are grouped together in a box. 

A dedicated box is assigned for each section of notes which cuts down the time needed for reading and reviewing.

Apps are especially helpful for this method because content on the page can be reordered or resized subsequently.

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Adapting to context

Different types of information demand different styles of note-taking. There are lots of reasons to take notes: to retain information, to capture ideas, to problem solve or brainstorm, to visualiz...

The Outline/List

Is a linear method of taking notes that proceeds down the page, using indentation or bullets to denote major and minor points.

Pros: it records content relationship in a way tha...

The Sentence Method

The goal is to jot down your thoughts as quickly as possible. Format is kept to a minimum: every new thought is written on a new line. 

Pros: Is like free writing for notes.

Cons: lack organization and notes can be hard to understand.

Works for: meetings or lectures that lack organization; when information is presented very quickly.

SQ3R (Survey, Question, Read, Recite, Review)
  • Skim the material for bolded text, images, summaries, to produce a list of headlines;
  • Each headline is then written in the form of a question;
  • Record your “answers” to the reading questions under each corresponding header;
  • Once you’ve finished reading the text, write a summary of the material from memory—this is the “recite” part of the process. 
  • Finally, review your notes to make sure you’ve completely grasped the concepts.

Works for: dense written material.

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