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How to Take Smart Notes: One Simple Technique to Boost Writing, Learning and Thinking - for Students, Academics and Nonfiction Book Writers Paperback – 24 February 2017
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- Publisher : Createspace Independent Publishing Platform; 1st edition (24 February 2017)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 178 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1542866502
- ISBN-13 : 978-1542866507
- Dimensions : 13.34 x 1.12 x 20.32 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 13,705 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Taking over 50 notes in my own writing (not just underlined or quotes) and have so many interesting ideas to expand upon now.
If you are a writer, thinking, or create any type of content I think you will love the concept of this book and will help you in that endeavour.
If you love to read and keep notes, you’ll love this book because it gives you a purpose for reading and writing.
If you love personal development and that’s why you read books, you’ll love this book as it will help to focus all that you read.
I recommend it highly.
I have now received a refund so that is a satisfactory outcome for me.
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For me it has helped me take the necessary steps to build a genuinely productive workflow and it has also led me to make significant changes to how I teach as well.
I think this book will be particularly accessibly to anyone who reads qualitative research and the text is relatively dense compared to your average self help book. It is a serious chunk of work, and Ahrens' pedigree as an academic is apparent. It's not as impenetrable as many papers in the social sciences (!) but it's still a long way from the fluff that generally adorns the Amazon self help list. (And I read and like plenty of that too.) Some reviewers may take exception to references but I'm in favour of them - actually, I can't think of anything worse that pages of opinion with the lightest of efforts to refer to a single study before the author makes some sweeping statement. I like to be able to check for myself and it also offers the opportunity for you to branch into areas for your own exploration.
If you are toying with the idea of building your own Zettelkasten this is the book - and check out zettelkasten.de as well as the author's website for resources.
Potentially life-changing, certainly life-enhancing, but you'll have to work for it too. You can't blast through it in an hour. And, for something that could have so much impact you didn't really expect that did you? Looking at reviews, it seems some people do. I bought it on Kindle but I'm buying the paperback too so I can re-visit and devote time to it as I add the elements I want to my own Zettelkasten.
Get some index cards, put them in a box. That's about as practicle as it gets I am afraid.
There's also far too much emphasis on his preferred digital software with no discussion of the details of its working or its advantages and disadvantages against other methods. Many other programs would function perfectly well to do this. It's worth researching the methods people actually us before making an initial choice. (I say initial because it seems that it's very common to switch systems.)