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How to Take Smart Notes by Sönke Ahrens

How strongly I recommend this book: 8 / 10

Date read: April 02, 2023


This book will go down as a classic - it shares the technique of never having to write from scratch. Instead, the best writing comes from taking atomic notes consistently as we come across interesting ideas each day. Read this book to increase your creativity and idea throughput.

Favorite Quotes and Chapter Notes

I went through my notes and captured key quotes from all chapters below.

P.S. – Highly recommend Readwise if you want to get the most out of your reading.

Highlights and Notes


1 Everything You Need to Know

2 Everything You Need to Do

6 Simplicity Is Paramount

7 Nobody Ever Starts From Scratch

8 Let the Work Carry You Forward

10 Read for Understanding

11 Take Smart Notes

12 Develop Ideas

13 Share Your Insight

15 A glimpse into Luhmann’s Zettelkasten and a few words on software

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