Reflect. Recall. Retain.

Take NotesHank is back and he’s taking notes!

Did you know that writing something down helps you remember the content being delivered for longer? There are some who can listen and retain information but often times key facts are lost. The flip side of this is that when we take notes key facts are remembered over non important information. According to Psychological Science using pen and paper, not laptops, to take notes boosts memory and the ability to retain and understand concepts.

Hank takes notes in order to reflect, recall, and retain. Be like Hank.

Reflect: to think deeply or carefully about. (consider, review, meditate, contemplate)

When we take notes we can go back and think deeply about a topic in order to influence our decisions.  Reflection can also help us articulate any given subject to others, instead of rambling on and on, we can be clear and precise. Reflecting on any topic allows us to develop questions, find answers, and problem solve.

Recall: Reflection helps us to recall information in difficult circumstances as well.

Recalling information is helpful in multiple situations. When we write things down on paper we remember the meat of the conversation, briefing, or class. When our brain remembers big ideas we can connect the dots faster.

Retain: Being able to recall information leads to retaining information.

With technology it is easier to keep notes but harder to retain the information. We have been re-wired to depend on our operating systems to remember info instead of our brain. We use search engines like an injured person uses crutches. Many of the leaders I have had the opportunity to serve under, take notes.

What do you reflect on daily?

How often do you journal/take notes?

What steps can you take to be more reflective person?

Lamentations 3:40: Let us test and examine our ways, and return to the LORD! (ESV)

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