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Visual note taking: Nine reasons to join the doodling brigade

Doodling: pointless procrastination to fill the minutes, or a crucial activity to make the most of your time? 

Many professionals and students find that doodling – or ‘visual note taking’ – is a creative, quick way to keep track in meetings and lectures, and it’s a lot more fun than writing pages of cramped, detailed notes.

Doodling isn’t just a modern day ‘gimmick’ lauded by the likes of Google employees; humans have been doodling for over 30,000 years on cave walls and in sand.[1]

Perhaps it’s time we revisited our roots and overhauled our existing system of note taking?

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NoteShel competition winners announced!

We asked competition hopefuls to tell us the most important thing they had to remember that day by jotting it down on a post-it and sharing on our Facebook page. From chocolate-eating to cat care, we had so many great entries that we decided to pick five at random from everyone who submitted a Post-it Note or ‘liked’ our page. 

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Seven Post-it Note campaigns that stuck around

Post-it Notes don’t have to be used just for note-taking and compiling lists; they are far more adaptable than that. This stationery icon has been used in a multitude of forms, particularly within the advertising and creative industries – testament to its versatile nature. Below are seven truly brilliant adverts and campaigns that really have stood the test of time.

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The advantages of handwritten notes vs. digital

It’s becoming more and more common to see laptops and tablets dotted around the table in business meetings, and many students bring them into lectures. It seems that many people prefer to take notes digitally rather than by hand, but despite its advantages, this isn’t necessarily the best way.

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In a world where we are becoming more reliant on our smart phones, tablets and laptops, are we set to see the death of good old pen and paper? With the influx of note-taking apps and cloud storage devices, some seem to find writing notes digitally to be the best solution, but we’re not so sure…

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How to take notes on the go

Multi-tasking used to be the domain of mums, nurses and high-flying business execs. But in today’s 24/7 society, when it’s so easy to fill our time up with hundreds of online and offline activities, all of us are busier than ever. More and more of us are juggling tasks to get everything done.

It can be difficult to find time to think in a busy world that keeps our minds occupied at all times, and this means that we often have to slot our thinking time around everything else. So how can we adapt to keep track of everything we need to do, on top of remembering those useful thoughts that come to us when we’re out and about? Here are a few pointers.
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