Put this book down for a second and try some freenoting Write down whatever comes into k your head from reading this book so far

Whichever style of note taking you choose to adopt, it is important that you make the notes yourself, as this is a key element of the engagement process.

Other useful techniques include:

♦ Using highlighter pens to focus on the things you want to remember.

♦ Creating patterns or charts to capture relationships between items.

♦ Using sticky notes to break up complex information into smaller chunks.

In the context of the workplace, there are some very simple ways of helping everyone to remember more by creating a number of templates for employees to use. These could include:

1 Preprinted sheets for internal and external meetings and for team briefing sessions that do not simply allow space for action points, but also have areas for mind mapping and free-noting.

2 Proformas for all training sessions with checklists of various prompt questions, for example: Have you asked for or been given the big picture? Do you know the "who, why, what, how, where, and when" of what you are going to learn? You could also add statements like: The three best ideas from the session were... The key thing I want to remember is.

3 Graffiti boards in public areas where people can write down their good ideas.

4 Posters with sayings and quotations supportive of the kinds of things you have been learning and ideally generated by employees, as well as using sayings from well-known people. 5 Large flowcharts for new projects or change management programs, and encouraging employees to add their comments using sticky labels, Blu-tac™, or magnetic strips.

There is a well-known group of sayings that apply some of these principles about memory in an instantly useful way:

Of course, the percentages may only be roughly right. And as you get higher up the scale, you are really describing experiential learning in which you are fully involved. Nevertheless, they are strongly indicative of an important trend.

How To Accomplish More In A Fraction Of The Time

How To Accomplish More In A Fraction Of The Time

The pace and intensity of our lives, both at work and at home, leave several of us feeling like a person riding a frantically galloping horse. Our day-to-day incessant busyness too much to do and not enough time; the pressure to produce and check off items on our to-do list by each day’s end seems to decide the direction and quality of our existence for us.

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