Not all adults find note taking useful. However, this may be due in part to the fact that they have not adjusted their note taking techniques as their purpose for note taking has changed.

On the other side of the spectrum, some adults take notes during meetings but don’t find them useful afterwards. Again, this may be due to the fact that they have not adjusted their techniques.

Here are some tips that you can consider to make note taking for effective and useful.

  • Avoid thinking solely on capturing discussion points in the order that they are presented.
  • Before you start taking notes, make sure you are clear as to why you are capturing them. If you start taking notes for the sake of it or because you are expected to, you will likely write everything down and note find much value in them afterwards. Having a clear reason for taking notes will help determine what you write down.
  • If you are participating in a brainstorming session or workshop, new ideas may surface. It is always good to write down a new idea while it is fresh in your mind.
  • Meetings often result in action items or steps. If you are taking notes, write down any action items from the discussion or other that you think of so you don’t lose site of them.
  • Note taking should not be pretty. Chances are you won’t be sharing your notes with any one else, so look for ways to speed up the note taking process, such as using abbreviations.
  • Review your notes afterwards and add in any additional words or points that come to mind as you read over them.
  • Find a note taking format that works for you and stick to it.