I heard about this concept years ago, and did it for a little while, but it somehow slipped out of my process. While I’m still good about rough interstitial journaling throughout the day, adding this technique back in would be hugely valuable for me.
As shared on LinkedIn by Greg KcKeown years ago (and brought back to the surface by my friend Tony), Greg shares:
Immediately after every lecture, meeting, or any significant experience, take 30 seconds — no more, no less — to write down the most important points. If you always do just this, said his grandfather, and even if you only do this, with no other revision, you will be okay.
As Greg continues, he shares that while it’s just 30 seconds it’s not easy. Being able to accurately summarize an event takes practice, and will get better over time.
Moreso, learning this practice will help you perform better in meetings by asking additional questions to help get to the heart of the matter.
Greg’s full post takes it much deeper, and I highly recommend that you give it a read.