…because some thoughts are worth remembering
I enjoy taking notes. Not only do I end up with a record of what I found important at the time or what I wanted to remember for later, the act of note-taking helped me to focus and as a result, helps me remember the content. It can get out of hand at times, where having a notebook by my side can entice me to jot down more than necessary. As a result, my output, the pages of notes, would be less useful later because I ended up including things that wasn’t as important to me, and I have to read through it all to get to the things I really cherished.
My solution was to keep a pad of sticky notes instead, where one sticky note mapped to one idea, so I can do some editing in my head as I jotted the ideas down.
The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization was a thick book with many things that I was able to internalize (e.g., system thinking), but I also wanted to remember specific details and refer to them later. I have several sticky notes for it, including The Laws of the Fifth Discipline:
Photo: Statue of Dante in Italy