Better Thinking over Better Note-taking

  • In Note-takingNote-taking
    Note-taking is the practice of writing down pieces of information in a systematic way. Making note is the easiest part of knowledge building, as it focuses on 'collecting ideas' while such Normal note taking fails to connect ideas.

    There are multiple note-taking methods, of which, my favorites are Outline Notes, which I found from Bullet Journaling, and then from academic people and Zettelkasten method.


    Book- How to Take Smart Notes
    , Making note is the easiest partMaking note is the easiest part

    It's easy to make notes. And there are many easier ways to make notes - like Copy-pasting or Quoting.
    What we miss while doing that is, the intention of note taking.
    Note taking is not to collect ideas, but to develop ideas, arguments and discussions.
    Notes are active way of thinking,not resources for Spaced Repeatation
    Andy Matuschak suggests evergreen notes as a Note-taking process towards cumulative (personal) knowledge, than information capture.


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    , specially one with a focus and subjective intention.
  • The content is already structured, mostly polished and made with a purpose of revising than reusing or thinking over it. Normal note taking fails to connect ideasNormal note taking fails to connect ideas

    In normal note taking, we sort by topics and sub-topics, building a hierarchical tree structure of knowledge. The information is sorted, and has a "flow", but chances of connecting two different ideas are rare.
    Intention of notes are not just to remind you of what you learned. Spaced Repeatation or revision is not the only job of notes. Note should work as a place to inspire, surprise you while brainstorming.


    Book- How to Take Smart Notes

    Andy "Notes Should Surprise yo...
  • The goal is not to take notes—the goal is to think effectively.
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