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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.

Use These Tips to Nail Your Next Big Job Interview

When applying for a new role, the interview process is the most pivotal component. It also gives you a chance to bring your qualifications and skills to life and allows the company to get to know you on a deeper level. While the job hunting process can be exciting, nerves are common and normal. Use these tips to manage your nerves and nail your next big interview.

Do Your Research Before the Interview 

During the interview, you will be asked about what drew you to that specific company or organization. Research the company’s history, capabilities, or even press so you are prepared to answer questions. According to Glassdoor, candidates should take time to research key players, company values, culture, services and more to be truly prepared.  This shows your potential employer that you are interested, and truly care about having the opportunity to succeed.

Prepare Responses

You can’t prepare for every question, but you can at least prepare for the predictable ones. Chances are, you will be asked to tell the interviewer a little bit about yourself. According to Forbes, it’s best to have prepared answers about your strengths and weaknesses. You should also speak about your ability to handle conflict and your biggest career achievements. Think about how you would handle a difficult situation in the workplace, or your ability to work under pressure. Consider how you may answer these before the interview, so you can remain calm, cool and collected.

Practice Mindfulness

Meeting a potential employer face to face can be a very nerve-wracking experience. Before leaving for an interview, practice mindful breathing or meditation to find a sense of calm. Listen to relaxing music or a podcast before an interview to prevent nerves from taking over and controlling the conversation. Remaining relaxed will allow you to deliver your responses in a clear, concise manner.

Arrive Early

Nothing derails a meeting more than being late. Avoid obstacles like car troubles, public transportation delays or traffic by leaving for your interview even earlier than necessary. Being on time shows you are committed to the success of the interview, and also shows the company that you value being prompt as an employee.

Bring a Reliable Pen

First impressions are important, so it’s crucial to dress the part and look your best when heading into an interview. That includes bringing a professional, high quality writing instrument. For an elegant, gel writing experience, turn to the sleek and stylish Sarasa Grand. For durable pens that both impress and perform, use a STEEL G-402 gel pen or a STEEL F-701. Taking notes during an interview shows you are a good listener and using a sophisticated pen while doing it shows you mean business.

 

 

Top 5 Stocking Stuffers for Professionals

The holidays are quickly approaching, and for many, it can be a stressful time of year. While scrambling to attend every holiday get together, cooking and baking, and buying perfect gifts for your loved ones, buying stocking stuffers may feel like a last-minute purchase. However, sometimes the smallest gifts are the most meaningful. When it comes to buying gifts for working professionals, practical and stylish are foolproof. Use this guide to buy the professional, coworker, or colleague in your life a gift they won’t soon forget.

2019 Planner

A new year calls for new resolutions – and new planners. Help your coworkers, friends or spouse be more organized with a new planner. Planners are perfect for keeping track of important meetings and deadlines, appointments, vacation days and more. Using a planner also helps increase productivity, manage stress, and practice time management. With so many brands and styles to choose from, you’re sure to find one that fits the style and needs of any professional.

M/F–701 Gift Set

The perfect pen can make a great first impression at a new job or with a new boss or client. Zebra’s STEEL M/F-701 gift set includes the new all-metal STEEL F-701 ballpoint pen and the STEEL M-701 mechanical pencil. Both are made with stainless steel, and feature a knurled grip for a unique writing experience. Sleek, sophisticated and durable, this gift set was created for the working professional.

Business Card Holder

In any industry, networking is crucial. It’s important to always be prepared with business cards when travelling, attending conferences, or meeting new people. Give the gift of style and confidence with a business card holder. This will make carrying cards even easier and will prevent the cards from tearing or bending in a bag, purse or pocket.

Ear Buds

Between a morning and evening commute, lunch breaks, and long days, ear buds or head phones make the perfect gift for the professional in your life. Surprise a colleague, boss or mentor with a pair of sleek headphones for listening to music, business podcasts, and more. Listening to music during the day can relieve stress and feelings of anxiousness during busy days at work. Some studies show that music can help make repetitive tasks more enjoyable, and can also help boost productivity and creativity.

Sarasa Grand

The right accessory can help you stand out from the crowd and boost your confidence at work. Surprise your friends or coworkers with Zebra’s Sarasa Grand this holiday. Available in rose gold, gold, and navy, the Sarasa Grand Retractable Pen is perfect for professionals who value self-expression and a smooth, premium writing experience.

 

Sometimes the best gifts come in small packages. Keep gifts practical and professional this holiday season and get your coworkers gifts they are sure to use everyday.