Note-taking is known to improve writing skills, subject matter comprehension, and recall of core concepts.
Note-taking is beneficial when we read.
Note-taking is beneficial when we listen.
Note-taking is beneficial when we think.
While working in a group setting, it is key to take your own notes. It doesn't matter if the presenter will be sharing their deck or if there is a designated note-taker. We all process information differently. Thoughts are constantly racing through our heads. If we don't capture them, they are lost.
Shared notes is a recent initiative to build more of a culture around writing and note-taking at Barrel.
We centralize shared notes in Notion. We have a dashboard for the agency and every discipline. Each dashboard includes resources, references, and shared notes. Shared notes are written collaboratively or autonomously. Anyone can contribute through edits or comments.
Initially, shared notes was an effort among the partners to promote deeper thinking, share ideas, and make our "in-person" (aka Zoom) interactions more productive.
After moving the team to Notion, we started experimenting with shared notes beyond the partners. It has been just over a month and has already proven to be invaluable.
Here are some of the benefits we've experienced so far:
If you're interested in giving shared notes a try, I've created a Notion template here to get started. Enjoy.