Sunday, October 12, 2014

How to Take Quick Handwritten Notes

Dave Greenbaum writes:
When you are in a meeting or in class, writing by hand leads to more effective learning. It's just so darn slow. If you skip the letter "e" when writing, you'll write faster. Over at Quartz, they interviewed author RJ Blain for suggestions about taking notes without a laptop. She doesn't use a laptop to draft her novels, so she's experienced in writing the hard way. She recommends creating a form of shorthand that saves time and paper.Dropping the "e" is a good place to start: 
This is an easy form of shorthand that will still allow you to easily read your notes when reviewing, Blain says. The letter "e" is the most common in the English language, so it could save you a good amount of time to not use it. Don't worry, you won't miss it much—bcaus th contxt and surrounding lttrs will hlp you undrstand th txt."

1 comment:

  1. When I was studying Hebrew years ago, I used to write transliterations of English sentences with Hebrew letters, which are consonants only (vowels are provided by diacritical marks). The sentences were quite understandable. This leads me to believe that dropping ALL vowels would work as well. I'll have to try it sometime.