‘Drop The E’ To Take Quicker Handwritten Notes

‘Drop The E’ To Take Quicker Handwritten Notes

When you are in a meeting or in class, writing by hand leads to more effective learning. It’s just so darn slow. If you skip the letter “e” when writing, you’ll write faster.

Photo by Kim Piper Werker

Quartz interviewed author RJ Blain for suggestions about taking notes without a laptop. She doesn’t use a laptop to draft her novels, so she’s experienced in writing the hard way. She recommends creating a form of shorthand that saves time and paper. Dropping the “e” is a good place to start:

This is an easy form of shorthand that will still allow you to easily read your notes when reviewing, Blain says. The letter “e” is the most common in the English language, so it could save you a good amount of time to not use it. Don’t worry, you won’t miss it much — bcaus th contxt and surrounding lttrs will hlp you undrstand th txt.

We’ve covered using different versions of shorthand to take notes, and this tip reinforces that approach. Instead of learning a new alphabet for writing, just drop a key letter to start with.

Check out the link for other note-taking tips.

The complete guide to taking notes without a laptop [Quartz]


  • Surely the minor time benefit in dropping a letter would be far outweighed by learning it – it would take you significantly longer initially since you’d need to think about spelling of every word.
    Plus, th nots that you mak would only rally b radabl by you as you’ll just look lik a moron to anyon ls who happns to pick thm up.

  • @Kai It’s actually incredibly easy to read without the e, so long as you know it is missing.

    Agreed but, The learning curve outweighs the benefits.

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