5 Tips for Abbreviations and Symbols in NotetakingIf you've ever had a teacher who spoke too fast, or a boss who yelled out instructions faster than you can write them, then you know how frustrating it is to take note of what they're saying. The same goes for when you've had a great idea and you just need to write it down right that very moment before you forget it. The usual way people go about coping with it is to simply write fasterbut not only is this inefficient and possibly harmful to your hands and wrists, you usually end up writing something you can't read later on.5 Tips for Abbreviations and Symbols in Notetaking3 years ago in Writing More Like This
So what to do?
The answer is to simply to write less. That is, to abbreviate and substitute symbols so you won't have to write everything they're saying. And here's five tips for doing that when taking notes:
1. Ignore articles when the meaning doesn't suffer.
The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.
Quick brown fox jumps over lazy dog.
As long as you understand what you're referring to, you can safely take them out.
2. Shorten words by removing