Wow, wow, wow and a double wow, wow.
This is definitely my greatest read for 2019 so far and I can t see anything surpassing it.
It has had the same impact as David Allen s Getting Things Done and Stephen Covey s Seven Habits Of Highly Successful People before then in that it has already caused a fundamental change in the way I see, understand and take action on things.
Wyatt Woodsmall hammers in the point that learning IS behaviour change I can honestly say I have learnt from Sonke Ahrens.
The title of the book is rather deceptive as it implies it s all about taking notes, but the book is a whole lot It s about how to think better and the methodology presented has a kind of lollapozza effect in that the you use it the faster and bet Title Is Inadequate This is a book about MUCH than a way to take smart notes Oh, sure, you ll learn all about a super cool and super simple system for taking notes But that is covered in the first 20% of the book The rest of the book is about deep and critical topics related to smart note taking, like thinking well, reading well, the writing process and even how to set up habits of success I almost didn t read it because it looked too basic I m so glad I did.
Key To Good And Efficient Writing Lies In The Intelligent Organisation Of Ideas And Notes This Book Helps Students, Academics And Nonfiction Writers To Get Done, Write Intelligent Texts And Learn For The Long Run It Teaches You How to Take Smart Notes And Ensure They Bring You And Your Projects Forward The Take Smart Notes Principle Is Based On Established Psychological Insight And Draws From A Tried And Tested Note Taking Technique This Is Download Epub Format ô How to Take Smart Notes PDF by Å Sönke Ahrens The First Comprehensive Guide And Description Of This System In English, And Not Only Does It Explain How It Works, But Also Why It Suits Students And Academics In The Social Sciences And Humanities, Nonfiction Writers And Others Who Are In The Business Of Reading, Thinking And Writing Instead Of Wasting Your Time Searching For Notes, Quotes Or References, You Can Focus On What Really Counts Thinking, Understanding And Developing New Ideas In Writing It Does Not Matter If You Prefer Taking Notes With Pen And Paper Or On A Computer, Be It Windows, Mac Or Linux And You Can Start Right Away Really eye opening for me I would recommend this book to anyone I know It is obvious that I do have some of the conventional wisdom mentioned in the book, thinking writing is just a transfer of knowledge ideas insight from my head onto blank papers Now I realize I should use writing to collect, to connect, and get all notes ready all along the way.
But, it is just a little disappointing that the book has not shown us an example of how someone actually making those bibliography notes, and then permanent notes If only there was a chapter to lead me through the whole process So, I do know I need this, badly But how to implement The book did mention a little bit and suggested some open source software Yet it is just not enough for me I hope for details Please make it practical.
How to Take Smart Notes ☆ A surprising little gem.
The book describes Luhmann s note taking system.
The interesting thing is that this paper only system was translated into software but it still deeply under leverages what could be done with a digital system.
But by being under leveraged it highlights the actually important manual steps of the method.
The book is very worth the reading There is an excellent passage which clearly demonstrates the connections springing from the application of the method highly unlikely without it.
As such there are many excellent treasures concerning note taking, learning and writing Unfortunately, we are still left with a slightly suboptimal tools even in year 2018.
When I was writing my thesis approximately one million years ago , I accidentally built about 50% of the workflow described here Had I known how to use the slip box part, I think the whole thing would have been a lot better Maybe I had an incredible memory back then probably not, but it s not better now I ve now implemented the free tool chain of Zettelkasten Zkn3 and the reference tool Zotero I know there are lots of reference tools around but I like this one and its Chrome plug in So far I already feel like I have a GTD like David Allen Inbox for scientific material and various other related business market information that I come across everyday After reading the book, I am all about taking small notes on the flurry of links, papers, and sundry material that I see every day I would also recommend taking a look at this presentation to see the difference between va Parts of it read a bit like a dump of every pop psych meme of the past ten years, but at its heart, it s a thorough and well argued deep dive into a note taking system from the future I wouldn t be surprised if, twenty years from now, the slip box method were taught to everyone in schools, especially at the university level.
I would have liked to see a few examples of the slip box in action I don t feel like I have a clear picture in my mind of what a literature note actually is is it a paraphrase Or is it just a pointer to a set of material, loosely defined Similarly, what is a permanent note is it a paragraph A set of bullet points A single sentence I know these things can vary, but I would have liked to at least browse a set of notes from the author s slip box.
Overall, though, the book totally convinced me to start reading with a pencil in If you re debating, you should read this book.
Here s some longer thinking I did about it while reading it

This book is GOLD How to Write Smart Notes tragically undersells itself by implying it s wholly focused on note taking It s not.
There s a bunch of relevant psychological concepts here too including Mere exposure Effect Miller s Law Survivorship Bias Parkinson s Law The Tunnel Effect And As the title suggests, if you re into taking smarter notes and therefore getting out of your creative endeavours , you ll love this I vouch candidly that S nke and Luhmann a topic subject have changed the way I approach knowledge storage Forever.
Thank you.
I express a very big gratitude to the author This book is a must read manual for all researchers This book is quite different from other help self manuals It was written by a scientist, and is based on a huge number other science books, and resources Reference bibliography is amazing Your productivity will gain tremendously in your daily workflow Highly recommend

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