I learned a great technique for taking notes at a conference or special training class. Take a fresh notebook to the meeting. At the top of the first page write “Good Ideas”. Skip a couple of pages and at the top of the next page write “Things To Do”. While taking notes, if the speaker, has a suggestion that sounds like a good idea, flip to the “Good Ideas” page and jot down your notes. The same goes for the “Things To Do” concepts that might be shared. When you get home the meat of the meeting will probably be in the beginning of your notebook. You won’t have to search through pages of notes for what you want.
Here’s my twist on that idea. I’m a real fan of self-improvement books. I love to learn how to do things faster, easier and better. While reading a new book this past week, I realized I could use the same idea by penciling in on the front inside cover of the book (if I own it) any notes of new websites or information I learned about in the book. I used the inside of the back cover of the book for a list of “Things To Do. I always read books by turning down pages and highlighting them but now I can quickly find “Good Ideas” and “Things To Do” by checking the inside covers thus saving a lot of time.