The Importance of Note Taking –
“Note taking is one of my favourite pastimes. I can’t tell you where I’d be if I hadn’t had a pen on hand to write down my ideas (or more importantly, other people’s) as soon as they came to me. Some of Virgin’s most successful companies have been born from random moments – if we hadn’t opened our notebooks, they would never have happened.” – Richard Branson
To read Richard’s entire blog post –
From paper to Apple’s Notes.
Isn’t it fun when you learn that you and someone like Richard Branson have something in common? From what I know about Mr. Branson, there is a lot to admire. I appreciate his energy and how he has put ideas to use. Most of all he seems to know how to have fun!
As an artist, paper and pencil have been part of my life from my earliest memory. Drawing and feeling the textures of different papers from having crayons to #2 pencils in hand. Spontaneously you are drawing concentric curvy lines or bringing to life something that just popped into your mind. You are not limited by batteries or software. You are not limited.
Piano lessons and playing were an important because it included use of hands and mind in my growth. I started at 1 year of age. The touch of fingers on the keys was the element of sound and expression unique to me. Reminds me of the touch of putting words and pictures down on paper.
Journaling and note taking are an essential part of a successful business and creative life. As an example, I can reconnect with Roger Ebert’s thoughts on film noir, or Werner Herzog’s thoughts on walking or Martin Venezky’s approach to talking about art, just by reading my own notes. As Richard says, “No matter how big, small, simple or complex an idea is, get it in writing. But don’t just take notes for the sake of taking notes, go through your ideas and turn them into actionable and measurable goals. If you don’t write your ideas down, they could leave your head before you even leave the room.”
Do you have a collection of pocket-sized pens and notebooks? Moleskins? Absolutely! When you are limited to only a smartphone or an Apple device with Notes, there is no limit to your ideas once again. While the note taking experience is not as tactile, it’s infinitely valuable. And, you have the ability to search within your thoughts that are already in digital form. Select them and turn them into actionable and measurable goals.
In the Spirit of Ideas.