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Master Books with Digitalized Notes
Non-fiction books educate you. Create digitalized notes to remember the knowledge that the author gives you.
Books I Read
In the last 6 months, I have read lots of books if we compare how much I read before that: none.
When I wanted to get into reading books I needed to know what books to read and in what order. While I was searching for that I had to figure out how can I remember the knowledge from the books. I exactly knew what books should I read in what order and how I will master them.
Books I read:
- The Millionaire Fastlane by MJ DeMarco
- Atomic Habits by James Clear
- Dotcom Secrets by Russell Brunson
- Expert Secrets by Russell Brunson
- Traffic Secrets by Russell Brunson
- Dopamine Nation by Anna Lembke
- Essentialism by Greg McKeown (currently reading)
All the books listed above are non-fictional, meaning they are filled with powerful knowledge. I starved for the information in them, so I noted them out.
Noting out things with handwriting is really beneficial, especially for me. It helps me remember it by just writing it down, plus I can reread it in minutes whenever I want. You can also have a quick scan for the essential things and get the information you want to find.
Just simple notes on a keyboard can help me too! I usually use Markdown for my notes because you can format it quickly.
I started to take notes from the first book I read, and I have been doing it since. There are two types of noting techniques I used:
- Read a chapter then note down what you remember from it. This will filter out what is really essential (currently).
- Read a chapter then go back to the start of it and kind of reread it and note about every essential information on the page.
I prefer the last one. I am making a note because I want to reuse it in the future. How will I know what will be essential for my future self? I don’t know. That is why I need to note out everything.
I digitalize every note of mine. (There are exceptions where I already write it on my PC.) There were times when I reread the book and digitalized the notes during it, that way I really burn that information into my brain.
Why are digital notes good?
- It won’t get lost, no one can just throw it in the trash. I can also duplicate it and save on other places.
- Easily searchable. I have all my books noted out and on my PC and if I need something out of a book I can just search for it and read about it. There were already countless times when I needed information and found them this way.
- I can easily reformat it. Edit it however I want (for example highlight sections), or effortlessly send it to a friend. Cards can be made out of it anytime!
Highlighting in the Book
Noting, highlighting, drawing in the book isn’t it for me. Writing in a book won’t make me remember it. In my opinion, you are just destroying the book in some way. I would rather keep my books how they are when I get them.
I can write some dumb things in it by mistake. I can regret the drawings. I could use the wrong highlighter pen and my book will sink in ink. There are so many things that could go wrong. What do I even get out of it?
At the end of the day I may give my book to someone else …