Chris Thompson got an interesting little discussion going Facebook about note-taking. Figured I'd share my own thoughts here too.
my PDR training, I have been an absolutely fanatical note taker. Every
seminar I went to, every time I was around Coach Blauer, I had a
notebook and was jotting stuff down. I usually
left every session with about five times as many notes as the rest of
the trainees. Part of that is just good training in taking notes
quickly. I tend to do the same thing at other seminars...and I come away
with a lot of good notes and information. I'd be much worse at the PDR
system if I hadn't been diligent about my note taking.
the flip side, I was terrible about taking notes for my Muay Thai
training. I made some sporadic attempts, but never stuck with it. A
combination of constant, regular access to my teacher (as opposed to the
sporadic access I had for the PDR) and a gym culture that never really
encouraged note-taking meant that I just wasn't consistent with it. I
wish I had been. There's a lot that I've learned that I'm sure I've lost
track of, and having those notes would be really useful for some of the
projects I want to work on, both on my own and with my teacher.
of the problems my teacher and I have both recognized (as have several
others) is the bus accident problem. If my teacher were to get hit by a
bus today (G-d forbid), that's it. Everything he knows is gone. All
that's left is whatever myself and his students can remember...and what
we can agree on when we try to remember it.
So, yeah. Notes are good. I should have taken more of them. It's a habit I'm working on.