Date: 2017-01-22 07:09 pm (UTC)
alatefeline: Painting of a cat asleep on a book. (Default)
From: [personal profile] alatefeline
Huh so apparently the note-taking style I developed in high school because nobody would tell me an EFFICIENT way to take only the useful notes, and then modified to use for school job notes and to-do lists / other lists about myself, is basically like a bullet journal.

Go figure.

I use a lot of symbols, a bit inconsistently, but it means I can get a paragraph or so of important information that I'll remember in context but not in detail down to something like this:

[ ] [ ] car \/: O trsh, O stf, O flor; O dblok, O gas, O ?b'rak, O ??wash; O epack1,...; O conpak, O sched wS, O txt SCNG,

which is a checklist of things to do or maybe do that are related to tidying, maintaining, and packing the car before driving to Seattle next week. Only it would be handwritten in my terribad handwriting and I'd use cross-outs, wavy-cross outs, underlines, check marks, question marks, circling, etc as I worked through it. For some reason, I actually write longer in type, possibly because having the ability to use as much spacing as I need instead of trying to fit writing to the paper encourages me to leave white space so I can pick things out.

In handwriting, I tend to drop phonetically pointless letters and use lots of symbols from a weird mix of high school English and science classes, plus odds and ends from college and various fictional sources and doodling, to stand for whole words; up arrow for 'increase', down arrow for 'decrease', and delta for change are three of my favorites. I also use a little spiral, doodles of faces, different shaped tickyboxes for different rounds of ticking things off, +/- for a three-level rating system, and more. It's very personalized and I don't expect anyone who isn't a cryptographer or an experience teacher to read it.

So, yeah.
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