During the recent Monster Review-a-Thon, there were some mini-challenges that involved tasks for us to complete that centered around organization. I loved reading other people’s posts because it was a great way to see how others get things done and you could find an easier or better way to do something. So my curious mind wants to know how do you prepare to write your reviews?
I use a voice recorder. I found mine in a box of stuff a few months ago and thought ah-ha! I could use this again. My voice recorder hasn’t seen the light of day in over 9 years but imagine my surprise when I tried it out and found that it stilled worked. I haven’t even had to replace the batteries yet. (I had used the voice recorder during my college years so as not to miss anything important during lecture notes.)
I’ve tried jotting my thoughts down in a notebook but I slack off and don’t catch everything I want to retain. And sometimes when I had a good thought, by the time I was ready to write that thought down, I’d forgotten what that thought was. Talk about frustrating!
Using a voice recorder works best for me because my mind goes 100 mph and my hands can’t keep up (whether it’s writing it down by hand or by pounding away at the keyboard). I can talk a mile a minute so recording myself is the best way for me to capture and retain my thoughts. Yeah, my kids think it’s funny that mommy talks into a recorder (my daughter wants to use it herself but I don’t like sharing) but I’ve found that ever since I’ve been using the voice recorder, I’ve had a lot more to work with when it comes time to writing my reviews.
What method do you use? Do you write down your thoughts in a notebook? Do you use sticky notes and mark sections in the books? Something else?