Are you guilty of attending a seminar, writing down lots of notes, and then going home only to implement nothing? (Let me take a moment and raise my hand high…) If you want to implement more of what you are learning, then keep reading.
Note taking is a great habit to form. There is no disputing the fact that we retain more of the information we are consuming when we become an “active listener.” You become an active listener by writing down the things you are learning. It is the first essential step in taking action on the things you want to implement.
The hard step is often the next step. What do you do with that information? Do you set it on the shelf? Is the job over now that you have written it down?
The answer is no! Learning often gives us this false sense of progress. Wisdom is you putting action to your knowledge. I want to share with you at least 3 different ways I have attempted to turn knowledge into wisdom.
1. Use Workflowy as a Personal Learning Library
I love using workflowy as a learning tool. Workflowy is an easy-to-use outlining software. I love to record notes in Workflowy anytime I am watching a training video online.
If you purchase online courses, don’t just watch the videos. Take action by writing notes. What I typically will do is open two browsers side by side. The video is on the left and my workflowy notes are on the right (see pic below).
Later, I can search for any topic in Workflowy and have all kinds of information at my finger tips.
2. Use Evernote as a Growing Resource Catalog
I also use Evernote as a way to not let things I am learning escape me. Oftentimes you will come across PDFs, eBooks, Special Reports, and blog posts that you want to remember about. For this type of information, Evernote is a better choice over Workflowy. I created a folder in Evernote called “Learning.”
This is a central place for me to store the PDFs, written transcripts, and anything else that comes with online courses I am taking. I will then use the “tags” feature to label each note according to the course I am taking.
For example, I am a member of Michael Hyatt’s Platform University. I have a tag inside Evernote called “PlatU.” Every month new transcripts and study guides are made available. They make it into Evernote and get tagged (see pic).
Again, what is great about using Evernote is the fact that I will be able to search by topic later.
3. The Speed of Implementation Habit
The last and final tip I have for you is to learn a habit called “speed of implementation.” Develop a habit of balancing your learning with action. For ever hour you spend learning, spend an hour taking action.
This will get you out of the rut of thinking “I’m not ready.” Some of us think that we need to learn all there is to learn before we can start. The truth is you should start before you are ready. As I have talked about before, clarity comes from movement.
Question: What do you do to not let your notes collect dust? You can leave a comment by clicking here.