My Notebooks and what I’ve learned from keeping them

My notebooks. This is a thing. I’ve been very lavish with the use of paper these past couple of months. Acquired knowledge that has been stored in more than 10 notebooks. Half of it for the crowdfunding campaigns. I’ve learned a couple of lessons for this.

1. Categorise the subjects

This is one of the most important things to do. Else you don’t have a clue what’s inside of these books. Normally I started out by writing a title on the frontcover. Something like “Notes on Delitelabs” or “Lectures and interviews” or even “summaries on articles”. But this stays very vague on what the notebooks actually can help me with. So a couple of weeks ago I began to read them all and provide the cover with all the subjects and contents of the notes I took. It looks like the image below. The handy thing about this is that if I want to write an article now I can just search up the subject I want to write about and start typing.

My notebooks

2. Start Transfering to digital Straight away!

I started to late with transfering what I done research on to the digital. This is I think not uncommon. I hear many people not implementing what they learned or forgetting it all together. Especially when you go to lectures people often forget their notes. Now that I begin to have it all in one place it is like a database of knowledge that I can search very easily in. I really love that Idea. A literal accumulation of knowledge that, when used proper, you can have massive impact with. Or at least… I really hope for it.

3. Start implementing straight away

This is one of the biggest mistakes that I have made. I know that I’m not the only one, but that doesn’t make it less foolish of me. Put to use what you have learned straight away. This is how things are actually become intuitive after a while. There are so many things that I’ve written down on how to do certain things that this abundance of stored knowledge is sometimes like a big wave that overflows me. Overwhelms me and I forget it all. Now when I read my notes, which lately have been frequently, I’ve been starting to implement it more and this feels kind of cool. It’s like having a very big manual on how the subjects that I’ve been working on (personal development, digital marketing and crowdfunding) actually work and how you can implement it to learn and use it yourself.

4. Keep only the good

You make notes on loads on different things. What do I need to do today? What have I learned from this lecture? What do I want to get from the supermarket? All different lists on things you have to write down because otherwise you forget. What I have been doing with my notebooks is cutting down on the things that don’t have any purpose or interest for you anymore. Just rip out those pages and feel free from the irrelevant topics that lost their meaning to you. This leaves only the good stuff for you to learn from and keeps your head clean on what is really important, applicable or interesting.

So as a conclusion

I’d say keep categorising my notes, start accumulating them digitaly, or even better online so other people may also benefit from my findings, start implementing what I’ve learned and keep editing my notes. I think that sometimes it’s better to do instead of being paralysed by the thinking process. And that’s what I’ll try to do more.