Write it down…and then forget it

July 16, 2013

In my personal and creative life I’m a compulsive note taker, which has always amused me since I wasn’t like that in school at all. In school – and especially in college – I understood something I’ve had to relearn since. Here it is:

The value of notes is in having written them, not reading them later.

Don’t believe me? How about this:

“Just think about it. Deeply. Then forget it. And an idea will jump up in your face.” – Don Draper

Writing something down forces you to think about it more deeply, so it’s really an unnecessary step, but a useful one. These are the same ideas.

The next time you find yourself spending too much time on your notes, as I once didstop. You got most of the benefit when you wrote them down. Instead, keep thinking, keep learning, keep seeking out new sources of knowledge and ideas. They will synthesize into something brilliant in your mind, even if it takes weeks, months, or even decades to bear fruit.

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By Stephen W. Gee

Author of Wage Slave Rebellion, Freelance Heroics, and about two good blog posts out of a hundred.

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