Liz Weston on … Lesson #1 from the Learning Journey and Stanford University.

Here’s one of the first things I’ve come home and implemented from the #LearningJourney in March. I’m writing plans, ideas and info down, so I can share it with others. And I’m not just writing it down. I’m typing it up – or writing it using my iphone or laptop from the start. Why? Because I need to find a way to hold on to my thoughts, ideas and content. To make it efficient as I do it, because I have so much of it!

Liz Weston learning journey lesson one - make notes of your ideas - or your brain will file / lose them!

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I just took a brief from a client on Thursday and didn’t take my laptop. I’ve been kicking myself since, as I really needed to use it to get it down. The one hour meeting was nearly four hours in the end, so I could have made good use of it!

Anyway, the importance of writing things down, even if it’s only to park something, because you know you don’t have the time, effort, or money available to progress it, is a practical, but valuable learning point. Not only is it saving me time, it’s also enabling me to only process something once – at the time that I write it down. That’s important, because I don’t have the time to process things over and over again.

The idea of writing things down isn’t new. But here’s some of the reasons I can think of right now, as to why I’m doing it after watching one of the excerpts from the Stanford learning corner resources

1. I don’t remember things the way I used to. It needs to be written down now, so that it’s as vivid, clear and lucid as it can be.
2. So I can remember what it was about the idea that was important. The nub of it. To see where the periphary bits could be useful to other projects.
3. To offload – to brain dump to free up space for other great ideas and thoughts
4. To enable me to think more clearly on others projects.
5. To give other people in the business the opportunity to see my thinking, improve on it, do their own and contribute to the ideas or point out issues with them.


Do you write things down? How? Where do you store them? Evernote? Something similar?

  • jtweed

    Excellent points. I’ve made a note to re-read this later ;-)