We all struggle with memory retention. It’s why we take notes and record things we want to experience again. Medium writer Robyn Scott suggests taking 30 seconds after an important meeting to write down the strongest takeaways.
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The goal here isn’t to take detailed notes or remember every specific thing. That’s what note-taking during the meeting is for. Instead, take those 30 seconds to write down the strongest impressions you have or the most notable things you felt afterwards.
He was in his early teens, about to start senior school, when his grandfather took him aside and told him the following:
Immediately after every lecture, meeting, or any significant experience, take 30 seconds — no more, no less — to write down the most important points. If you always do just this, said his grandfather, and even if you only do this, with no other revision, you will be ok.
He did, and he was. In everything he has done since, with such accomplishment, and with enough room still to experience life so richly. He later inducted into the pact both his sons, who have excelled in their young careers.
Getting into this habit can not only help you retain more of the information or experiences you take in, it can also help you express them more clearly. We’ve all walked away from an inspirational speech feeling motivated, but writing down exactly why we feel so strongly or what we want to accomplish next can help focus that energy.