Nothing is quite as frustrating as forgetting an amazing idea you had. Jotting down your ideas to capture them is among the numerous benefits of effective note-taking at work. Improved note-taking also helps you organize your thoughts, understand complex concepts, share information with colleagues and enhance your creativity.
Similarly, writing a journal can help relieve stress, maintain focus and boost productivity. With TRU RED note-taking stationery — such as notebooks, journals, pencil cups, desktop organizers and accessory trays — you can easily record ideas and other information for future reference.
To take excellent notes at work, you also need the right note-taking strategies. The situation in which you take notes will determine the best note-taking strategies. Let’s take a look at different work scenarios that require you to use a specific note-taking strategy to meet your goals.
1. Team Meetings
The most effective team meetings are the ones from which team members leave with clear steps they need to take to achieve individual and group objectives. When you take notes during collaborative environments such as team meetings, focus on issues, facts, decisions, action plans and team members’ questions and answers. Using the right note-taking stationery, such as notebooks, lets you easily capture notes and convert them into to-do lists and tasks.
2. Brainstorming Sessions
Brainstorming sessions are unstructured meetings in which people contribute their ideas. During these meetings, you need to quickly capture information and record incomplete thoughts. You need to merge these ideas and refine them on an ongoing basis. Your note-taking strategy may involve writing down words, drawing diagrams or sketches, or reviewing images.
Mind-mapping is a flexible note-taking strategy that can help you make sense of brainstorming sessions because you don’t need to stick to a linear approach. You need a sizable TRU RED notebook for creating mind maps. Use two pages as one to create larger mind maps, which you can later scan and share with your colleagues.
3. One-On-One Meetings
Note-taking can help you capture ideas during one-one-one meetings such as a performance review or a lunch meeting with your mentor. Even though the learning environment at one-on-one meetings is more intimate than team meetings, it might still be a good idea to put to paper some parts of the conversation.
However, you need to balance between recording information and maintaining a meaningful connection with the other person. Instead of trying to record the entire conversation word for word, consider taking notes immediately after the meeting when you can still remember the important things that you talked about.