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5 Simple Strategies for Taking Better Notes at Work

Effective notetaking is often the unsung hero of the workplace. It can help you capture ideas, learn new concepts, organize your thoughts, share information, and much more—but in order for your notes to be effective, you first have to learn the right notetaking strategies. We’ve got you covered. Whether you’re in a one-on-one with your boss or in a large company meeting, these simple strategies will help you take better notes at work—and get more out of them.

Ditch the Laptop

Your brain reacts differently to passive versus active actions during notetaking. Recent research has proven that since writing by hand is an active action, it is often more effective then typing for notetaking. Plus, when you are having one-on-one meetings with clients or your boss, it is nice to not have a laptop “wall” between the two of you. Laptops can also be a distraction in larger meetings, due to email pop-up alerts and social media notifications. Using a notebook eliminates these distractions and keeps you open and engaged.

Use the Right Notetaking Tools

As research has proven, handwriting is better for retaining what you write, but first you need the right tools. Using a lined or dotted/gridded notebook (like for bullet journaling) will help keep your notes organized and make writing easier. Then, choose different and make a statement with the right pen. The STEEL F-701 Ballpoint Pen is all-metal and has a heavy-duty feel you’ll notice right away. Plus, it’s refillable so you’ll never have to worry about replacing your entire pen. For other professional but still stylish options that features gel ink, check out the Sarasa Grand.

Focus on the Right Things

Your notes should not be a straight transcript of an entire meeting. Afterall, we all know how meetings can tend to meander onto tangents before getting to the meat and potatoes. Make sure you take down the main bullet points and any additional comments or questions you may have. The key is to focus on capturing the basic facts, issues that need to be resolved, decisions that have been made, and action plans including who is responsible for completing these tasks.

Less is More

When it comes to notes, taking less is actually more. Take down keywords, skip unneeded words, or write down partial sentences. While this sounds strange, you will actually be able to capture more notes than trying to write down every single word that is said. Once you are finished with the meeting, write up a full summary while the information is still fresh in your mind. This gives you the opportunity to fill in all the blanks, so when you look back you have everything you need from the meeting.

Keep it Bold

While taking notes, make sure to highlight or bold the most important information. This allows you to more easily locate the important takeaways when skimming your notes later. If you are handwriting your notes, make sure to bring a highlighter with you to your meeting. If typing, use the highlighter, italicize, underline, and bold options to make your notes more effective.

No matter what profession you’re in, taking notes is part of the job. These tips and tricks will help you be more productive and effective no matter what career you’re in.

How to Incorporate Handwriting in Everyday Life

Handwriting is one of the many ways to celebrate individuality, identity, and self expression! However, with the instant gratification of social media and email, people are starting to use alternative forms of communication to reach out to friends and loved ones.

At Zebra, we value the power of handwriting! We believe that life’s moments are worth celebrating, and we know the impact of the written word. If you’re like us, you want to preserve the sentimental value of handwriting for generations to come. Here are just some of the many ways to incorporate handwriting into your everyday life!

Journals

A great way to incorporate handwriting into everyday life is to keep a journal! Rather than using an online journal, you can purchase a journal that is unique to you, and build up a collection of pens that suit your writing needs! For those that need a strong, reliable pen that will last, turn to the Steel line. For those that prefer a smooth, rapidly drying writing experience, select a Sarasa gel pen. Keeping a daily journal can allow you to practice cursive, neater handwriting, or accept your handwriting for what it is! Regardless of how you hand-write, you are preserving an art of individuality, and creating a keepsake you can look back on for years to come.

Notes and Drafts

If you’re a student, there are many ways you can use handwriting. Many experts say using taking notes with traditional pen and paper is more effective than taking notes on a computer or other device. When it comes to writing essays and papers, handwriting ideas to brainstorm and organize your thoughts is a great way to strategically complete an assignment.

Cards

If you have older parents or grandparents who may not use cellphones to text or computers to email, use write them a card or letter! Not only will your loved ones be thrilled to receive your message, writing them a card will help them feel more connected to you. There is something special about opening an envelope and finding a card handwritten by someone you care about!

Reminders

Using handwriting to jot down quick reminders on a sticky note is a great way to keep track of your tasks. You can handwrite your food shopping list to not only remind you of what you need, but also take time away from your phone! When you write something down, you’ll find that you recall it better than simply repeating it over and over in your head or typing it on your phone.

Love Letters

A handwritten letter to your significant other or spouse can be one of the most meaningful ways to communicate with them. Even if you talk to him or her each day, writing them letters during special times of year will not only organize your thoughts and feelings onto paper for them, it can be something that they can keep forever and ever as well. Writing a love letter is a great way to show you care, because you have taken time out of your life to sit down with a pen and paper and express your feelings to them.

Using handwriting in your daily life is a great way to relax, unplug from electronics, and connect with those around you. Take time to cherish life’s moments, and find zen in enlightened writing!

Top 5 Pens for College Students!

Heading back to college or getting ready for your first year? You’re going to need some writing utensils that can handle the pressures of college classes. For sleek, sophisticated, reliable pens, check out these Zebra brands while shopping for your college school supplies this year!

This steel pen works as hard as you do! Combining strength, style and value this pen ensures your writing comfort with its precision and stability.

The Steel 3 Series features a sleek, sophisticated, appearance offering  variety of pen types from ball point to fountain pens. Check out America’s number one steel ballpoint pen, our F-301 Ballpoint Retractable Pen, the perfect everyday pen for college!

The Steel 4 Series provides a more weighted experience with enhanced writing comfort, stainless steel casing, and rubberized grip for comfort.

And finally, the Zebra Steel 7 Series is designed for the serious communicator. It features all stainless steel construction from tip to clip and the innovative retraction mechanism is soft and silent for convenience.

The mechanical pencil you’ve been waiting for! With its sleek look and clever patent-pending designs, the DelGuard Mechanical Pencil resists breakage and clogging.

Z-Grip is the everyday value pen that you’ll reach for time and time again. Where simple meets high performance, this series was crafted with the writer in mind. With its reliable, smooth-flowing ink, it is the pen that you’ll reach for time and time again. Choose from pens, mechanical pencils and different styles to best suit your needs!

 

Quickly identify important text and what you really need to know with smooth ink flow for consistently vivid highlighting! Zazzle Liquid Highlighters come in 10 bright colors.

Say goodbye to smears and smudges. Say hello to fast-drying ink with this smear-proof gel pen with vibrant color pay off. This pen has more than smooth ink flow, it has a comfortable grip, wide barrel, and retractable feature too! Sarasa Gel Pens are ideal for avid writers, lefties, and college students looking to get creative!

Sarasa Fineliner Pen is preferred by those seeking the performance of a fine tip pen, but the ink lay down of a fine tip marker. Perfect for journaling, it’s available in 12 vibrant, quick-drying colors for you to choose from!

Sarasa Gel Retractable Pen is our top-selling retractable gel pen. It combines color vibrancy with flowing rapid-dry ink technology. Choose from 14 deep, vibrant colors!