Note Making -

 

Note making  or taking is a superb first step in developing ideas from conception to implementation and ultimately to fruition.  [Tweet “Note making is the oxygen that fuels ideas.”]

Everyone should make notes of their ideas as soon as they occur to them because, it prevents forgetting.  It also brings to remembrance forgotten thoughts when you go back and look through notes taken. It can enhance productivity almost beyond measure.

What do you do when a brilliant idea hits you?  Do you write it down immediately or ‘store’ it in your head?  Or put it another way, how many times have you struggled to remember a thought or an idea that you had not written down at the time it occurred to you.

I was speaking to a good friend the other day and we were discussing ways we could implement an idea he had come up with. (The joys of consultancy work eh!) Let me drop a rider here; I enjoy what I do so much – sometimes I wish I could do it for free. Anyway I digress.  In the course of our discussions, he mentioned that tonnes of ideas come to him ever so often. That when these ideas come he makes a note either on his phone or in his little black notepad.

I thought that was quite interesting in that he was exactly like me. (Even though I ditched the note pad ages ago  ) I now use Evernote to record my ideas.   This is such a powerful resource that I have not begun to even scratch the surface of it’s features and capabilities. I will do a full blog post on how useful Evernote has been to me another time. For now, let us stay with this note making topic. Michael Hyatt wrote a really good  post on the benefits of using Evernote as blogging tool. His piece demonstrates clearly that making notes helps the development of ideas into concrete plans or projects to implement.

I also found my friend’s habit quite refreshing because it reminded me of how  we started Sabo Foods.  At the time, we were looking to start a business and had a number of ideas between us ( by we & us I mean my business partner Goke and I) and decided that the best way to go was to  write down our ideas as they came up and would sit down to analyse the potential for each using a few criteria we had set ourselves. As we lacked capital, we felt that our best option was to focus on businesses that had reasonable growth potential but without huge initial capital requirements.

Goke and I made a list of potential businesses we could get into before we finally narrowed it down to a home delivery food business.  Believe me, that is how we started Sabo Foods.  This was pre-smartphone and dial up modem days remember.  The story of how the venture grew into one of the top household brand names in the UK exotic foods market is a matter for another day.

Essentially, I began to value note taking because it –

  • helps order my thoughts
  • made me realise that once an idea comes up and you write it down, you never forget and never have to waste mental energy and time trying to remember
  • enabled me appreciate that I could always go back and redevelop the idea or thought later on
  • meant that I could share it with others
  • helped me become grateful for how much more I could get done if I had  previously written notes to hand

What project or idea are you embarking on? How do you record ideas as they come to you?  Perhaps you want to share how valuable you have found note making, Please leave your comments below

Soji Fagade
 

Hi, I’m Soji Fagade. I am an entrepreneur and I just love everything (well almost everything) about business. In terms of formal education, I earned bachelors degrees in Sociology and Law. I practiced as a solicitor for a while, but I have always been involved in business. While in University a friend and I ran a business that manufactured hand crafted door name plaques and wooden children's toys. In the early stages of my legal career with Harkavys - a London firm of solicitors, I walked away to run Sabo Foods – an exotic foods wholesale packaging and distribution business that I had founded a few years prior with my dear friend Goke. Together, Goke and I grew Sabo Foods into a thriving household name and brand within the industry. That business consistently generated millions of pounds in revenue for years. This accomplishment of starting a business from the ground up and turning it into a success that remained operational for nearly twenty years was not without its challenges, many of which we overcame through dedication, passion and simple trial and error. Along the way I have provided business development and consultancy services to many small business owners who were stuck or simply uncertain what the next move should be. Through business coaching, strategic product development and team building exercises, I have successfully helped small businesses launch products and services, move forward with purpose toward brighter and more profitable futures.

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Yewande - November 6, 2014

I always take copious notes… problem is I hardly go back to read them 🙁

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    Soji Fagade - November 6, 2014

    Thats a good first step or start. Now begin to return to them and USE them!Thank you for stopping by

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Tayo - February 9, 2015

Glad you wrote this,it’s a confirmation to me that I am headed in the right direction. Note taking might seem like a trivial thing but its importance as we can see SHOULD not be undermined as it is one of the steps to actually actualizing our dreams.

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    Soji Fagade - February 9, 2015

    Thank you for your comment. You are so right, trivial as it may seem, it is crucial.

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Anna - March 30, 2015

I am an obsessive note taker and have seen first hand the value of Evernote, so I am pleased you mentioned it here. When I discovered it’s capabilities, I wondered how I ever functioned without it 🙂 Interesting read with some valuable insights.

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    Soji Fagade - March 31, 2015

    Thank you so much for your comment. I am glad you found it useful. Thank you so much for stopping by.

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    Soji Fagade - May 19, 2015

    Thank you Anna. Good to see thee are a few of us ‘obessesive note takers’ about!

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