[INFOGRAPHIC] The ultimate guide to note taking (because you never have to stop doing it)

Some nights ago I was on Slack introducing myself to the international freelancers community Domino. The atmosphere was very nice and it was all about knowing better each others, so one of the admins, between a question and another, asked me:

“it’s almost five years that you work as a freelance; what tips would you give to someone starting now?” 

My answer, after a bit of thinking, was this:

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1. study, study, and continue to study;
2. collaborate with other freelancers;
3. try to be sure of yourself, or at least fake it.

If when I started someone would of give me these advices and forced me following them, probably I was avoiding some of the problems I had. But most of allo, in these five years I realized how much is important the first advice I gave: continue studying, every day, every news, constantly.

Generally we think that, once found a job and passed the first settlement period, we can ease down and continue repeating mechanically what we already know. Maybe there are still jobs in which this is possible, but mostly it’s an idea that is part of a old world: with the advent of internet the information started to spread unrestrainedly, faster and faster and, for example, things that until some time ago were taught through learning courses now are taken for granted.
Therefore it’s essential to be constantly up-to-date, to know every news as it comes out and to be able to use them in our job fields as soon as possible.

This is why I found the infographic I’m sharing today pretty interesting: created by Westminster Bridge Student Accomodation in collaboration with Urbanest, it has as target the students, but I think it can be extended to all those who have a job in which you can never stop to study. And anyway, thinking about it, the last time I had to take notes has been not even a week ago 😉

This infographic starts giving us some interesting data: for example, did you know that about the 60% of what we listen to is forgotten after 9 hours? Also it gives me the proof I was waiting for from University times: to take handwritten notes works better than to use the keyboard.
The graphic also points out the different methods to take notes while listening to a live lesson: I found out I’ve always used the “Outline Method”, but I’ll try soon also the “Cornell Method” because I think it can add something interesting to the system I already use (I found a free template, download it here).
Continuing reading there are also some advices for the moments before and after taking notes: they can seem expected, but actually (or at least that’s how it works for me) they are often forgotten.

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So, concluding, it’s important to study, study, study…but also to take notes in the right manner! I hope this can be useful 😉

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