On Taking Notes

On Taking Notes

I did a lot of babysitting during my high school years and well into my twenties. One of my favorite jobs was for a school teacher. Not only did I adore her child (yes, really!) but I was fascinated with her home.

Or, to be more precise, the array of sticky notes adorning her frig, entry hall and television hutch.

I was young and naive at the time. Read that as ‘I still had all my mental faculties’ or ‘I was still buying into my snazzy little rose-colored glasses’.

Point being, I didn’t understand why she needed all those notes.

  • ° “Channel 6 / Wednesday / 9 pm”
  • ° “Drop off dry cleaning”
  • ° “Give extra theater tickets to the sitter”.

Now, twenty or so years later, I finally get it.


No matter what IT is – a dream, goal or assignment – if I don’t WRITE IT DOWN, it’s a lost cause.

Now let’s be clear. Writing it down doesn’t guarantee that it will come to fruition but not writing it down essentially signs its death warrant.

So long. Farewell. Auf wiedersehen, adieu.

Nowadays, I’m all about tacking up sticky notes in my line-of-sight and toting around college-ruled notebooks and plugging scheduling memos into over-sized wall calendars.

The only reason I met my writing objectives last year was because I WROTE DOWN what I wanted to achieve.

I set goals and devised checklists and concocted charts and the end result was pretty darn staggering when I looked back over it.


At the start of the month, I open a fresh page in my writer’s notebook and jot down (in no specific order) what I want to accomplish inside that month.

At the start of each week, I draft a list of what needs to be accomplished inside those seven days.

Time sensitive projects take priority.

And two or three days a week, I draft a list of tasks to be accomplished inside twenty-four hours.

So there you have it – the inside track on my Tried And True Key To Productivity: WRITING IT DOWN.

How About You?

How do you manage to keep it all together?