You might be thinking that taking notes on your laptop, iPad or even on your phone makes you more productive as they’re always with you. But several studies have found that people who take notes by hand tend to have a deeper understanding of the topic and a better ability to integrate and retain information, compared to those who use technology.
Some of the benefits of taking notes by hand include:
Improved concentration and understanding
When we take notes by hand, we obviously can’t write capture every single piece of information (unless you have awesome shorthand skills). Instead, it takes greater cognitive effort for the brain to process and categorise the most important information. When we’re more selective with what we note, it enables us to focus on this information more efficiently.
Better recall of information
Whether it’s highlighting keywords or heavily underlying the most important things said in a meeting, creating unique trigger points help us recall the moment we noted down the information and we remember the urgency and importance of what was said.
3 tips for effective note-taking:
- Bullet or Number your notes
- Keep your notes as brief as possible
- Use headings to sort and categorise information
Whether it’s scribbling, highlighting or having neat and tidy handwriting, people learn, process and recall information in different ways. It’s undeniable that handwriting your notes will help boost your productivity and will help you retain information better, you just have to create a note-taking style that works best for you.