Why You Should Be Taking Notes Old School Style
We talk a lot about taking notes in my classes—both in the college classes I teach and at Glory House, the women’s restoration house where I teach. I wrote previously about why it’s important to write things down and take notes. Some of the benefits I discussed earlier were…
- It helps the information to sink in.
- Writing things down gives us something to go back and reference.
- Our written notes can be a resource to share with others.
- Writing things down can show us our growth and progress as we look back on our notes.
Today, I thought I’d stay more on the practical side to talk to you about why we should take notes old school style. You know…with actual pen and paper! 🙂 This of course is as opposed to using electronics and devices such as computers, phone, tablets, etc.
But technology makes it easier!
Technology these days has made it so easy to be more efficient and to make things more convenient. Unfortunately, with convenience and efficiency we lose some things. I guess there’s a give and take to anything isn’t there?
Even though there is all kinds of technology out there for taking notes now, I’m still a little bit old school. If I’m in a meeting at work, I pull out the old pen and paper. When I attend a training or a conference, I typically write notes in a journal or spiral notebook. My morning quiet times are ALWAYS accompanied by a pencil and journal. Additionally, I have a journal dedicated specifically for sermon notes at church.
I don’t know why really—I just like to write things out by hand. Partially, I think it forces me to pay better attention because I have to listen in order to take good notes. Another reason might be that I’ve noticed I remember more when I’ve written something out longhand.
I probably look funny at church
The Importance of Writing Things Down
We recently talked about reading the bible on a regular basis (with tips here and how to stop spiritual cramming here). This week I’d like to take that a step further and share about the importance of writing things down. It’s a good idea to keep a journal or notebook for taking notes during our quiet times and even during church. For a lot of people they know writing things down is helpful and that it’s probably a good idea (much like reading the bible on a regular basis), but they still neglect to do it merely for the hassle or inconvenience of it. I’d like to discuss why the benefits of writing things down might outweigh the disadvantages of it.
Writing things down helps the information sink in…
Writing things down takes listening and reading a step further. The simple act of writing forces us to think about what it is that we are hearing or reading and then reiterating that or abbreviating that onto paper. When we take notes it help us to recall the information later. How many times have you written a list only to find out that you didn’t even have to refer to it? But try not writing that same list, and chances are that you will forget many of the items. It’s almost a catch-22. The process of writing things down will help you to remember what it is that you’ve written. Skip the notes and potentially forget—with an added disadvantage of having nothing to refer back to if you’ve forgotten. Which brings me to the next benefit…
Writing things down gives you something to reference…
Overall, the purpose of taking notes is to key in on the important information that we need to remember and to use as a future reference. We need to write things down to remember—even for those with a good memory. Exodus 17:14 (NLT) says, “…the Lord instructed Moses, “Write this down on a scroll as a permanent reminder…” Jeremiah 30:2 (AMP) says, “This says the Lord, the God of Israel: Write all the words that I have spoken to you in a book.” Psalm 105:5 tells us to “remember” the wonders God has done, and Psalm 103:2 tells us to bless the Lord and “forget not” all his benefits. If we are being told to “remember” and “forget not”, then apparently it is possible to forget. Writing things down will serve as a reference for those things that we may have forgotten.
I’ve also heard it said that writing things down can also give the Holy Spirit something to work with—a reference of sorts. In John 14:26 it says that the Holy Spirit will “remind” us. Taking notes will act as a reference to which the Holy Spirit may even trigger us to go back and look at. Continue reading