Note-taking techniques II: The Everything Notebook method – Raul Pacheco-Vega, PhD

A number of individuals have informed me that they feel uneasy utilizing index cards for their note-taking procedure. I totally comprehend, although I love writing index cards and I use them to take notes too. I likewise utilize other note-taking techniques. One of them is utilizing just ONE notebook for absolutely EVERYTHING. That’s how I created the concept of my Everything Notebook— it actually stores whatever.

How do I put together a Whatever Note pad?

Whatever Note Pad Beginner Set. pic.twitter.com/N0jVNamGN0

— Dr Raul Pacheco-Vega (@raulpacheco) November 29, 2018

I have produced “Whatever Notebook Starter Kits“, where I consist of the following products:

I often offer these away as raffle prizes or merely to my associates, like I did for my fellow teacher Dr. Elizabeth Perez-Chiques.

Estrenando mi Everything Note pad! Gracias !! pic.twitter.com/DCAMa0rUQZ

— Elizabeth Pérez Chiqués (@LiPerezChiques) October 15, 2018

Each product has its purpose within the Everything Note pad process, as I explain below.

When do you write in the Everything Note pad and when do you utilize Index Cards? When do you use completely digital approaches (Synthetic Notes, Conceptual Synthesis Excel Dump, memorandums, Evernote)?

This is a complex question, which I luckily addressed in a Twitter thread.

Your natural concern might be: “but, then what about your Everything Notebook?” I DO take notes of books and journal posts and write them in my Whatever Note pad! Keep in mind these: m pic.twitter.com/xWUKC6dgm4

— Dr Raul Pacheco-Vega (@raulpacheco) November 27, 2018

If I’m on a plane to Santiago, 8 hours by aircraft, my laptop computer battery lasts 3 hours, no battery chargers on plane– if I wish to be awake and work on the aircraft, I need to compose by hand, either in my Whatever Notebook or on index cards. Likewise, if I feel psychologically obstructed, I write index cards

— Dr Raul Pacheco-Vega (@raulpacheco) November 27, 2018

I do take a trip all over with my Everything Note pad, or a minimum of, usually, and I do always keep my Whatever Notebooks from previous years, at my campus office or in the house, but constantly helpful.

Can I integrate the Index Cards Approach with the Everything Note Pad Method!.

?.!? Undoubtedly yes. YOU DO YOU. You choose what works best for you.

You can use whichever technique works best for you, for me a mix of digital and analog note-taking methods is what allows me to produce publishable texts. That’s why I push for acknowledging that reading (and note-taking) IS composing https://t.co/lQSxjOEV5G <-- Dr Raul Pacheco-Vega(@raulpacheco )November 29, 2018

Why do you keep your To-Do Notes with all your project and field notes in the same Everything Note pad? Don’t you get puzzled?

No, due to the fact that as I discussed, I need to bring just ONE note pad all over. I utilize my Everything Notebook as an everyday planner, as a calendar keeper, and as a note-taking device.

How do you utilize your Whatever Note pad for note-taking?

Glad you asked. Here’s a Twitter thread of my processes and the circumstances when I utilize it and how I use it.

I have a Waste Theory section in my Whatever Note Pad (I have one for each topic and job I am working on, too). I also have areas for “To-Do” Lists (stiff plastic tab at the top reveals appropriate weeks) pic.twitter.com/W8mcnTnX6w

— Dr Raul Pacheco-Vega (@raulpacheco) December 5, 2018

Due to the fact that I like storing EVERYTHING in my Whatever Note pad, I essential loose pages and adhesive notes where I doodle notes about a particular topic (see image– a mind map of waste theories). pic.twitter.com/f2gVDhvVtM

— Dr Raul Pacheco-Vega (@raulpacheco) December 5, 2018

I also summarize posts in my Whatever Notebook. Note here how I link Lawlor and Gravelle 2018 to my own work on dispute and framing pic.twitter.com/GBiFir5QyT

— Dr Raul Pacheco-Vega (@raulpacheco) December 5, 2018

When I provide at a conference or workshop, I doodle notes using the feedback I obtain from attendees. pic.twitter.com/AM6ho9g4KN

— Dr Raul Pacheco-Vega (@raulpacheco) December 5, 2018

What happens when you complete one Everything Notebook and you need to transfer to another one?

I connect them both. I also produce a table of content for the Everything Notebook I simply ended up.

For instance: this is my 2017 Everything Notebook. I developed an index– table of contents. That method I know what’s inside for quick referral. Now, if I run out of space in the 2018, I’ll use a plastic arrow marking where I must go (e.g. to Whatever Notebook 2019) pic.twitter.com/RkePM4KWIK

— Dr Raul Pacheco-Vega (@raulpacheco) October 31, 2018

This is my 2015 Everything Notebook tabulation. You might observe I have things here from my jobs with @KateParizeau @kmoneill2530 and @SocOfWater– to link throughout, I use plastic arrows (To: and From:-RRB- pic.twitter.com/dIfbl19lzO

— Dr Raul Pacheco-Vega (@raulpacheco) October 31, 2018

Given that I have actually been studying on Informal Waste Pickers and Bottled Water for a couple of years now, I make certain I’ll have things that I will need to link throughout Whatever Note pads. If you use 2 in a year you can just number them (EN 1-2018 and EN 2-2018, for example) pic.twitter.com/Xjpy0TFa57

— Dr Raul Pacheco-Vega (@raulpacheco) October 31, 2018

I normally keep my last 5 years’ worth of Whatever Note pads at my workplace, because you never ever understand if you’re going to need some random piece of information from fieldwork you did 2-3 years back. Yes, naturally, this all can be done digitally (OneNote, Evernote, ask Dr. Ellie Mackin about this.

What takes place if you leave your Whatever Notebook in the house when you travel?

I compose on loose leafs and staple them to my Whatever Notebook upon my return. See below.

Sometimes I read stuff and for some factor I do not have my Everything Note pad with me. Not a problem. I staple these notes to the appropriate section (these are on Bar-Tal meaning of intractable conflict). pic.twitter.com/kyv5W8SeWG

— Dr Raul Pacheco-Vega (@raulpacheco) October 29, 2018

The idea and procedure of having just ONE notebook to compose your notes and Order of business may not work for everyone. I can assure you, A LOT of individuals have adopted my system and adjusted it and it’s working for them. Obviously it works for me. I always attempt to bring it with me ALL OVER I CHOOSE the reason revealed below.

One reason I bring my Whatever Note pad everywhere is that I often require to refer back to concepts I’ve blogged about tasks I’m working on. pic.twitter.com/1j5mGEr6Tl

— Dr Raul Pacheco-Vega (@raulpacheco) September 17, 2018

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