No matter where you spend your daily grind – be it in the classroom or the office – notetaking is a key part of the equation. For students, notes serve as a study tool as well as a way to retain information from lessons. For the office professional, they serve as a point of reference when considering project objectives, goals, and more.
So what can you do to get more return from your notetaking efforts?
Color-coding provides a simple and visually stimulating way to organize your notes. By associating different colors with different subjects or topics, you are providing context to the content. The tips below can help you process notes quicker and easier.
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Be consistent. No matter the tool you choose, be consistent with your colors. Try to associate certain colors with certain subjects/topics so that time spent revisiting your notes is worthwhile. Use varying colors to denote different speakers at a meeting or lecture. Keep 3-4 different color pens in your workspace to make switching tools quick and easy!
Keep it simple. Don’t get too crazy with color. It’s important to be able to discern the notes without using a key to dissect the color decisions. Stick with 3-4 contrasting colors, like those of the Paper Mate Profile Ballpoint Pens for other portions of the text.
Make a break! Use color to add line breaks or illustrate meaningful points in your notes. Box quotes, circle key deliverables, and underline new vocabulary terms. Take advantage of the contrast that the 10 bright colors the Paper Mate InkJoy 300RT pens provide!