Taking notes is paramount to anyone who runs a business, whether it be during a client consultation, whilst at a seminar or workshop or¬† just jotting down our thoughts during a telephone call.¬† However, whether those notes will become effective is entirely dependent¬†upon the way¬†the way they are¬†processed.
Over the past year, I have helped many clients and their businesses to become more efficient, but one hugely common problem¬†seems that¬†we are all busy making notes for this and that, scribbling down ideas or jotting down a useful contact a fellow business colleague has passed our way, only to find that 6 months down the line the information has remained in that notebook or on that piece of paper and has not been¬†actioned in any way, shape or form – it has become stagnant and, actually, forgotten!
Whilst¬†working with one¬†of my clients – who now calls herself my “star pupil” (!) – I uncovered a total of about 24 separate notebooks and journals!!
Some of them were gorgeous too¬†- leather bound or embossed¬†- and¬†had been used at some time or another to jot down business notes¬†or information.¬†My client¬†hadn’t really got too much of an idea of the content, and as she proceeded to look through, realised she had neglected a goldmine of information and potential new clients!
SO HERE’S MY TIP: Use just one notebook at a time and transfer all the information you have taken down¬†at the end of each day into your database, or type up seminar notes and file in a place where you can find them as a useful reference and cross off what you’ve transferred or tear out the pages.¬†And if you get bored with the¬†same notebook, or¬†would like to be colour co-ordinated(!),¬†use¬†a different one¬†on the following day, but the same rule applies: always transfer the information to a place where it will get acted upon.
In any case, make sure that those notes don’t get forgotten!
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