This is a good Monday morning topic – note taking. I am a Microsoft Surface user and happily so. It is an amazing tool that allows you to switch to tablet mode and take hand-written notes. But let me add this bit from Harvard Business Review (emphasis mine):
Few people bring a pen and notebook to meetings anymore. Instead of taking notes by hand, more and more of us take them on a laptop or tablet. This change makes sense: Digital devices just seem more convenient, plus they let you multitask during the meeting. But research has found that there are real benefits to taking notes by hand. Studies have shown that typing encourages mindless, verbatim transcription of what you’re hearing, but writing by hand helps us take both fewer and better notes. Longhand’s slower pace forces us to record ideas more succinctly and in our own words, which boosts our ability to recall those ideas later. After all, notes should help us quickly remember the most important points, not the entire meeting. So try bringing a pen and notebook to your next meeting – your memory will thank you.
You can see where I am going with this…you can take notes on a tablet. And those notes are not digitally stored on your device so you never have to find the paper you used for your notes. Anyway, I did find the part about typing to be most interesting, and true.
Don’t be a stenographer.
Write succinctly in your own words. That is sage advice to follow beyond note taking.