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Write this down: Taking notes is your most underrated work skill. “Write this down—it’s going to be on the final exam,” said no boss ever.

Write this down: Taking notes is your most underrated work skill

Note-taking is an unsung challenge of moving from school to the workplace—we’re in a completely new environment, with totally different reasons for note-taking and different needs for how we’ll use our notes later on, yet most of us are relying on the methods we used in our high school history class. And while it’s rare that anyone will lose a job for not taking notes on something, the small, ongoing effect of bad notes (or skipping notes completely) can really hurt your career.

How many times have you had to email your boss, a colleague, or a client asking a question about something she talked about in a meeting the other day because you forgot it? That’s hurting that relationship—not to mention everyone’s productivity. (Side note: Here are a few more things that bosses really don’t like.) Tagging is Broken. This post was republished on the Evernote blog There is an axiom in the productivity world that goes something like this: “Tags are inherently superior to folders” The reasons seem compelling at first glance: Tagging allows the same files/notes/items to exist in more than one place at once, without duplicationIt is faster to type (and autofill) tags than to click and drag something into a folderTags allow you to pull up unique, on-the-fly combinations (such as year + person, document type + topic, project + location, etc.)

Tagging is Broken

Now let me explain why these pros, although theoretically real, are overwhelmed by a tidal wave of cons. I will use Evernote as an example, but the principles apply anywhere you see tagging. Decision Fatigue First, relying primarily on a tagging system to organize notes necessarily requires you to make multiple decisions about each and every note that enters the system. “But I’ve memorized my tags!” Any system with an upfront access cost this high is just asking to break. Rocketbook Everlast : le carnet de notes infini. Si vous n’avez pas encore basculé vers le tout numérique pour prendre des notes, vous devriez cependant être séduit par le Rocketbook Everlast Notebook.

Rocketbook Everlast : le carnet de notes infini

Il s’agit d’une innovation très originale, qui veut révolutionner la prise de notes. Rocketbook: Cloud-Integrated Microwavable Notebook. Send hand written notes to the cloud, perfectly organized.

Rocketbook: Cloud-Integrated Microwavable Notebook

Rocketbook allows people to enjoy the pleasure of writing in a traditional paper and pen notebook, while digitizing all notes and sending them to the cloud, using your smartphone. When contributing to the Rocketbook Indiegogo campaign, you'll have the option to choose from: *Once the campaign is over, we will send you a survey, so you can select which Rocketbook(s) you want. FEEL FREE TO MIX AND MATCH IF YOU CONTRIBUTED FOR A MULTIPLE PACK! The Rocketbook system is a combination of a special notebook and a mobile app. With your notes stored safely in the cloud, and when you use Pilot Frixion pens, you can erase your Rocketbook using your microwave oven.

The Rocketbook notebook contains unique pages that allow for easy organization in the cloud. The seven icons at the bottom of each page are the magic “buttons” behind Rocketbook’s quick and easy cloud organization. The app is available for Apple iOS and Android. Spark Notebook: a place for your life plans and great ideas by Kate Matsudaira. Sketchnoting. Evernote.

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Notes. This Note-Taking System Turns You Into An Efficiency Expert. Note-taking is a skill not easily acquired.

This Note-Taking System Turns You Into An Efficiency Expert

In the hands of an artist, designer, or Hollywood serial killer (à la Seven’s John Doe), an idea-crammed notebook can even become a rarified, and in the case of the latter, creepy, object all on its own. Too often, however, the ability to take comprehensive, ruminative, or even attractive notes and sketches is conflated with simply buying a stylish book of paper, say from Moleskine or Field Notes. Wrong. The most important step to keeping a great notebook is organization. No one knows that better than web designer Ryder Carroll.

The first thing you notice about the Bullet Journal notebook is...no physical notebook. Carroll outlines the simple how-to in the video above, and emphasizes that the ease of his system lies in its familiarity. The Bullet Journal, Carroll says, was motivate by and has helped him overcome some personal hurdles, like childhood learning disabilities, that prevented him from properly organizing his life and work. Timeless Note-Taking Systems for Students. This post is part of an ongoing series, “Taking Note,” which outlines the history and styles of note-taking.

Timeless Note-Taking Systems for Students

In this series, we explore how taking notes can improve your creativity and all the work you set out to accomplish. In classrooms and lecture halls around the world, millions of students—from elementary schools to the highest levels of collegiate research—bear the torch as our most consistent note-takers. While we’ve experienced massive shifts in technology over the course of the past four decades, the essence and methodology of note-taking remains largely intact. Same purpose. Different medium.