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After some time of searching for research- or evidence-based conclusion, I believe that there is none available. Most of the research in this field is done via personal surveys, which are subjective and biased (for example, people are more likely to say that the "new" approach worked for them than not). Methodology seems to work for some people, and not ...


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GTD itself While I actually loosely follow the GTD format as someone who really enjoys digging into efficiency and psychology I actually have my reservations if GTD itself improves your efficiencies based on the actual actions you take following the structure. (no solid evidence one way or the other) Does it improve efficiency? Based on my observations of ...


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I went to law school 40 years ago, long before laptops and other portable keyboarding devices. Among my classmates there were a variety of methods of keeping track of lecture material. We actually discussed among ourselves the various methods and whether one was better than another for retaining a large amount of material. It seems to be individual, based ...


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I searched for "note taking by hand vs computer memory". Of the first three hits there were mixed results: This paper says there was more retention by typing. It's an interesting paper because it examines the differences between notetaking when reading a textbook vs when in a lecture. PBS says paper is better as does this article.


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Heres some a great answer provided by (AsapScience) "When looking at the effectiveness of learning, laptops as tools for note-taking do not fair as well as plain-old pen and paper, a study has suggested. Why? Typing is faster than writing on paper, so students are more likely to just type what they're listening to word for word without interpreting. " ...


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Similar to Kramii's outliner idea I'd suggest to use a mindmap to collect and sort the information. Freeplane (http://freeplane.sourceforge.net/ ) for example is a free tool which lets you do that and much more. Collect all information - one "atomar" information per node (not more). Then you can rearrange the nodes (Kramii already gave some very good ...


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One way would be to use an outliner (or Word in Outline mode). The crude approach would be to: Enter the information as-is without trying to weed through it or organise it at all. Group similar information together. Simply delete things you're not interested in. Organise sections into some kind of structure. Summarise each section. If you've made the ...



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