Most of us are learning new stuff every day. That could be from lectures, meetings or even just a good podcast. If you want to really ingrain that experience in your mind, writer Robyn Scott suggests writing down a short, 30 seconds note.
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Scott shares the advice passed down to her from a colleague:
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.
When you give yourself 30 seconds to take down some bullet points, you're forced to sum up the experience quickly and simply. It's not note-taking, it's just broad strokes with your personal takeaway. After a little while, you create a massive log of these 30 second reviews that you can go back and look at at any time. It's a simple idea, but head over to Medium for a few ideas on how to do it right.