When writing notes every day, you will amass quite an amount. Though even just writing out any feelings of unease will have a thoroughly large effect, if you skillfully organize them, you will become even more mentally organized.
How to organize notes
The most effective method is to use clear folders. Writing ten pages of notes every day amounts to 140 pages in two weeks. Since leaving these as is will make them impossible to organize later on, I recommend sorting them into five to ten categories after four or five days have passed since beginning note-taking. Concretely speaking, prepare Letter-size clear folders, stick labels on them, then organize.
Categories are easy to do if you divide them according to your fields of interest or fields in which you frequently practice note-taking. For example:
・ Visions for the Future/Things I Want to Do
・ Communicating with Others
・ Team Management
・ New Ideas
・ Information Gathering
・ Stories I’ve Heard
With folder categories, it is fine for you to either follow my aforementioned recommendations or to tweak them to your liking. Around the time you surpass one hundred pages of notes, it’s possible to feel that your folder divisions don’t quite fit right depending on your awareness of issues, your circumstances, or your needs. A signal of this would be if several notes of which you are unsure which folder to use surface when filing away your notes
before bed each night.
How to store notes
Writing ten pages every day will amount to 1800 pages in six months, 3600 pages in a year. It is best to hold onto these, by no means throwing them away. They become proof of one’s growth. The notes’ existence itself is bound to become a source of confidence.
Since 300 or so pages fit into one clear folder, 3600 pages would mean twelve clear folders’ worth. Stacked up, they do not take up a significant amount of space.
Do not look back on notes everyday
In your clear folders, add the notes you write each day to the top. Ordinarily, there is absolutely no need to review them. Throw them in once you write them—that’s it. If a similar title occurs to you, then write it again. Write again without hesitating.
However, in order to also confirm your growth process, it is good to take a brief look once every three months. Newer notes will be at the top of your folders, so for each folder arrange them in reverse order with the oldest note on top, rearranged by date. This can be done in a few minutes. With that done, take just a few minutes to skim through them.
After another three months (six months after writing notes), again organize the notes that have been added since, and just one more time re-examine the portion you reread last time. Having done this, you will be surprised that the majority are securely in your mind.
By rereading them after three months and again after six months, you will know what you were worried about, what you decided to do about it, and how it unfolded thereafter. You will be able to trace back the path you have taken. There is a large merit to when you first write them, and two rereads will allow you to digest them—this will already be enough.
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