How to take smart notes - One simple technique to boost writing, learning and thinking - for students, academics and nonficiton book writers


How much do I want to read more? 8/10

This book is really nice for anyone interested into growing, learning, organizing ideas, knowledge.
It looks like a pleasant read so far.


“Notes on paper, or on a computer screen […] do not make contemporary physics or other kinds of intellectual endeavor easier, they make it possible … no matter how internal processes are implemented […you..] need to understand the extent to which the mind is reliant upon external scaffolding.”

-- Levy


One cannot think without writing.

-- Luhmann


Introduction

Everybody writes.
We write when we need to remember something, be it an idea, a quote.
We write when we want to organise our thoughts and when we want to exchange ideas with others.
Every intellectual endeavour starts with a note.

the process of writing starts much, much earlier than that blank screen.
This book aims to fill this gap by showing you how to efficiently turn your thoughts and discoveries into convincing written pieces and build up a treasure of smart and interconnected notes along the way.

Like breathing, it is vital to what we do, but because we do it constantly, it escapes our attention.

Getting something that is already written into another written piece is incomparably easier than assembling everything in your mind and then trying to retrieve it from there.

The quality of a paper and the ease with which it is written depends more than anything on what you have done in writing before you even made a decision on the topic.

We know today that self-control and self-discipline have much more to do with our environment than with ourselves.
Nobody needs willpower not to eat a chocolate bar when there isn’t one around. And nobody needs willpower to do something they wanted to do anyway. Every task that is interesting, meaningful and well-defined will be done, because there is no conflict between long- and short-term interests.
Having a meaningful and well-defined task beats willpower every time.


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