Record what you learn

“You should not also underestimate the power of writing itself…You can lose your larger sense of purpose. But writing lets you step back and think through a problem. Even the angriest rant forces the writer to achieve a degree of thoughtfulness.”

Atul Gawande, Better

Record what you learn has the purpose to make everyone able to memorize things for a very long time. Using this pattern, it’s not just about writing down notes in a paper and then forget about it. It is about writing down the information you need to learn and read it continuously to keep that information stored in your brain. Keeping a record of your lessons to a blog or personal wiki, it is not a bad idea at all. You decide whom you’re going to share it with, or not share it at all. As long as you write down your notes and get back to them to read or even to make improvements, your brain will be in the perfect shape of memorizing things.

This pattern made me realize that taking notes and writing the most important parts of the lesson is not the end of the learning process. Most of the time when I have to learn something new, I write pages and pages that never end, read them, and then I write a summary without looking at the notes. The problem with this is that after I am done with that lesson, I don’t really go back and read those notes, nor the summary. I wonder if I still have those notes?!

I found this pattern very useful and interesting in my career. Starting from today, I will keep track of my writings, add more details to them, and stick the date they get written, so that when I go back, I would find very organized writing that would make me go back to it over and over again. There is no better thing as reading constantly and memorizing useful information. Another important part of this pattern is that when you go back to read you realize how much things have evolved for a specific topic, and you ask yourself if you should update the original or not? In my opinion, the same as everything nowadays gets updated, writings need an update as well. As a conclusion, keep a record of your writings, the same way you keep a record of bank transactions…

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