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On Note-taking

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Every couple of years, something basic becomes novel and captures everyone’s attention and interest for a while. In 2020, that basic thing is note-taking. A couple of well-known names and leaders in technology, venture capital, and business swear by note-taking: asserting that the very act of it enables them to think clearer, learn faster, and connect dots on subjects they’re interested in.

As a writer, note-taking becomes more valuable when you utilize specific techniques that significantly reduce the amount of time you spend writing. The technique shared below was imported by Mike Giannulis’s series on note-taking, which was inspired by Tiago Forte’s new book: Building a Second Brain. Mike suggests that to take the best notes, you should consider the acronym, META.


Medium means the medium through which you are consuming or learning the information. This may be through reading an ebook on your iPad, listening to it on Audible, or even reading an old-fashioned, actual book. The medium you use to learn would inform the medium you use to take notes. You should always use what comes most naturally. For example, reading on your iPad, it would be effortless to take notes on the Notes app. 


Experience means that depending on your level of experience with the subject, you may need to be more or less diligent in your note-taking. 


Time means how much time you have to study the material. Time is important because it can determine how you learn the subject and even what you remember. If you have ten days to study a subject, it is advised that you study for one hour every day for ten days than to study once in ten hours. This is a technique called Spaced Repetition. 


Accomplish means Aim or Agenda. It’s your goal for taking notes in the first place. If you’re reading material for entertainment, you could be lax in your note-taking. If you’re studying for achievement, however, you would need to follow a more structured approach. 

As we work towards becoming better writers, note-taking is a skill worth taking notes of. Any tactic that purportedly supports active learning and reduces writing time by 50% is worth adopting. 


Notes from Mike Giannulis Blog.

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