For my 30 plus years in tech, I’ve been reading and listening to tech mostly wrong. After in depth investigation into learning strategies I’ve restructured my knowledge acquisition process. Find out how I’ve take control of my learning queue. How I now perform active reading while taking creative notes. And hear how to use reflection…
Like this author of this article Don Denoncourt I also have been doing the learning thing for over four decades. Some of the concepts here I have adopted, active learning, going slower and taking notes. I find the more notes I take, even if they are entered into Notepad the better I can remember those things. I had notes everywhere, Evernote, LastPass, JIRA and little-handwritten notes.
I simplified things, I take “Dailies”. Basically notes on what I’m doing and what I learned. I use a basic Notepad called Notepad2 which is a much better notepad. I start out the day by copying yesterdays daily and deleting everything I either completed or no longer need to do. I also do daydreaming on the Dailies to try and “Use the things I’ve learned”.
I use a Markdown syntax to help quick format the Daily so it is easy to read and update. I use ASCIIDoc as my markdown of choice. It only takes a little practice to use markdown.
Here is an example of today’s Daily
The (=) is the main heading, (==) sub-headings, (.), (..) are bullet items, checkmarks indicate the item is done. I copy everything into here, web links, snippets of text from the web for the things I’m doing.
Then I have a Chrome extension installed called ASCIIDoctor Preview live, which can read my daily file and display and print in a nicely formatted HTML page.
I’m still learning about how to learn and even better, how to remember.
via Article: Relearning to Learn — InfoQ