20. Mar, 2019

Are you taking notes ...

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Sitting at the Munich airport and waiting for the plane back home, or a message from the airline that there will be a delay. The public transport had already a technical issue, but we were early enough, so nothing to worry about. Had a nice sausage in the meantime and still some time to kill now. The original Berlin Curry Wurst was not available anymore, what a surprise in Munich 🤩.

In the post about communication I shared that you need on average 6 weeks to change a habbit. During your childhood you could always check with your parents and siblings, if you are on the right track and your behavior is improving. But getting older these checkpoints are missing. So you have to take care of your own, ask a good friend or work with a coach and/or mentor. A good method to give you a helping hand is taking notes, as a lot of successful people do.

Just one example of many more, even the mentioned successful people in the article offer detailed descriptions, how they are making best use of notes taking. Use a dedicated note book - to make it special, for haptic people and to start a library of books in the best case - and write, sketch or draw things down. Just one idea:

  • Spend 5 minutes in the morning to put your top three tasks/goals for the day on paper
  • Check during noon time how you are doing and to remember, what was your plan 😉
  • Do a final review in the evening, what did go well, what did go bad, any interrupts or unexpected situations, etc.
  • Quickly rate your day with a smiley face - positive, neutral or negative

You will find your individual approach shortly and will be surprised, who is driving your days and how. If you do not like paper, any technical gadget is fine as well, but possibly not as special as the note book, your choice.

I'm a compulsive note-taker, and I used to feel self-conscious about pulling out my little notebook and taking notes during a casual conversation. Then I noticed that people really seemed to enjoy it; the fact that I was taking notes made their remarks seem particularly insightful or valuable. Now I don't hold myself back. Gretchen Rubin https://gretchenrubin.com/