"The discipline of writing something down is the first step toward making it happen." ~Lee Iacocca

"The greatest results in life are usually attained by simple means and the exercise of ordinary qualities." ~Owen Feltham

We talk a lot about communicating with our staff, but what about communicating with ourselves? One of the main areas I struggle with, and one I see my peers and subordinates struggling with as well is in taking notes in meetings and throughout the day. Whether it is a meeting with the CEO or a lunchtime conversation with peers, writing down action steps, thoughts, and findings is essential to making the most of our ideas, being fully informed, and knowing how to prioritize what is on your plate.

Whether you use Post-it Notes or Evernote, it doesn’t matter as much as just having the ability to take notes wherever you go so you don't lose those thoughts or so you can keep track of what is occurring.

  • How many of us have had to call a colleague to confirm what was said in a meeting we both attended?
  • How many of us have had a great idea at some point in our day, then gotten caught up in other activities and ended up not being able to remember it?
  • How many of us have had that moment where we know we have forgotten to do something we started the day wanting to do?

There’s a lot of productivity lost simply because you didn’t bring anything to write on when you walked into the meeting. Practice taking better notes throughout your day and you’ll be a better manager GUARANTEED!

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