Note-Taking Methodologies

In this week’s ProductivityCast episode, Ray, Augusto, Francis and Art voiced their thoughts on note-taking methodologies. (If you’re reading this in a podcast directory/app, please visit for clickable links and the full show notes and transcript of this cast.) Enjoy! Give us feedback! And, thanks for listening! If you’d like to continue discussing note-taking methodologies from this episode, please click here to leave a comment down below (this jumps you to the bottom of the post). In this Cast | Note-Taking Methodologies Ray Sidney-Smith Augusto Pinaud Art Gelwicks Francis Wade Show Notes | Note-Taking Methodologies Resources we mention, including links to them, will be provided here. Please listen to the episode for context. OneNote Workflowy Cornell Note-Taking Method Mind Mapping 3 Best Note-Taking Methods Common Note-taking Methods 7 Most Efficient Note Taking Methods Evernote FreeMind/Mind42 TheBrain Raw Text Transcript Raw, unedited and machine-produced text transcript so there may be substantial errors, but you can search for specific points in the episode to jump to, or to reference back to at a later date and time, by keywords or key phrases. The time coding is mm:ss (e.g., 0:04 starts at 4 seconds into the cast’s audio). Read More Voiceover Artist 0:00Are you ready to manage your work and personal world better to live a fulfilling productive life, then you’ve come to the right place. ProductivityCast the weekly show about all things productivity, here are your hosts, Ray Sidney-Smith and a goose open out with Francis Wade and art Gelwicks. Raymond Sidney-Smith 0:17Welcome back, everybody to ProductivityCast, the weekly show about all things personal productivity. I’m Ray Sidney-Smith. Augusto Pinaud 0:23And I’m Augusto Pinaud. Francis Wade 0:24I’m Francis Wade. Art Gelwicks 0:25And I’m Art Gelwicks. Raymond Sidney-Smith 0:26Welcome, gentlemen, and welcome to listeners to this episode of ProductivityCast. Today, what we’re going to be doing is starting kind of an ongoing conversation we’re going to have over the next few episodes on notetaking. And what I thought we would do today, what I thought we could have a conversation around is really the the note taking methodologies that we know of, and use and kind of go from there. So let’s start off with some of the most popular note taking methods that are out there. And then we can kind of touch base on what we use, how we’ve used them in the past, and maybe some pointers in terms of how people can bridge the gap between the hybridization of notetaking, which is that people have to toggle between paper and digital so often today, even though they don’t realize it because we get a lot of paper in our world. And we take digital notes many times, but yet we actually don’t make them actionable. And I think there’s this balance between making things, reference and action. And I’d like to have a conversation about that as well around these the baseline methods that I know of like outlining, the Cornell note taking method, there’s mind mapping, there’s just unstructured note taking. There are many other ways in which we can take note taking, where do you want to begin in terms of note taking methods that you know about, and you’d like to discuss? Art Gelwicks 1:52Well, for me, it’s a pretty straightforward one, I’m an outline guy. I love outlining, I use outlining that’s, that is my fallback method, I find constantly doesn’t matter what tool I’m using, I’ll find myself creating outlines for organizing and moving through content. Mind Mapping is probably the counterpart in my mind to outlining, because it’s that freeform structure, which outline limits a little bit, but I don’t think, too, not to an extreme. But both, interestingly enough, translate just as well analog to digital, I can do them in both platforms.