Take notes after each chapter - Learnings
With the book Notes for Keine Sinnfragen, Bitte I tried the first time to take my notes immediately after I finished reading a chapter.
I was triggered because I read the book as a paperback version.
- So highlighting was not a good option as with the kindle.
- Also I could not rely on getting my highlights automatically imported to Obsidian (like with Kindle books)
- And I know myself and extra willpower required to capture my thoughts after having a whole book finished.
What I did this time
- I focussed on reading a chapter completely. To focus on a certain type of work instead of switching reading and writing too fast 1.
- I worked with one fleeting note where I extracted my highlights and learnings. Just one note helped me to not get distracted by structuring too much.
When finished with a chapter I wrote down my highlights from the chapter and added linking 2. The structure was still oriented on the chapters but notes could go everyone in my note.
- And I extracted just items that were highlights and extensions to my current knowledge and projects. I followed the progressive summarisation approach, but by chapter. 3
- Partially I was not on my computer. So for some chapters I took notes on my Remarkable. This required a 2nd step to get it written to Obsidian. But this was low effort still.
- I already shared first impressions in my digital-garden after finishing chapter. Following the early sharing approach for my digital-garden
- When I finished the book, I ran Progressive Summarization to polish my notes furter
What worked well
- It was more fun. I felt to accomplish building my second brain and running through a [[Visual Notes | CODE]] (Capture-Organize-Distill-Express) cycle in iterations.
- It removed the pain from doing all that work at the end of reading.
- It raised questions early on. When building connections and externalising thoughts already while reading. These questions shaped reading the next chapters.
- On my Remarkable. To mention the page and just extract the main thought. So I had a fast jumping point when I then extracted the thought to my smart note.
- First time working with Obsidian Footnotes. Like that a lot as it makes the text simpler to follow and clean. I still need to level up on properly using Footnotes, but first step taken.
What is next?
- I still need to get closer to permanent notes that are smaller and cover one aspect. E.g. the chapter about brainwaves 4 qualifies for a separate note.
- My note taking is still not yet enough oriented on the areas and projects. Maybe I can achieve that by asking this question while building connections.
How to take Smart Notes - Key Insights - Chapter Full Foucs ↩
How to take Smart Notes - Key Insights - Chapter Linking while taking notes ↩
Notes for Keine Sinnfragen, Bitte - Chapter - Different Brain Waves ↩
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