This great tip comes from Karen Turner of Turner Efficiency in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Draw a line down your page so you can immediately distinguish notes from tasks/to-do’s/follow-up actions.

When has a meeting or a class ended without you having to do some follow-up? Not often, I bet. That’s why a line is so effective.

Use the outside 1/3 of the page for all the “after” actions so they’re easy to see, especially when you fan your notebook’s edge.

Use the inside 2/3 of the page for notes.

Finally, for fast filing, rip out the page and put the 2/3 notes part in the file and the 1/3 actions part on your desk for follow-up.

Granted, this won’t win you any tidiness awards, but it will ensure that your files are compliant and, at the very least, save you from searching through notebooks.

Bill Wootton is the Founder and President of C3 Integrated Solutions, a full-service IT provider based in Arlington, VA that specializes in securing our nation’s Defense Industrial Base through cloud-based solutions and industry leading partners. Bill is passionate about bringing cyber-awareness, and cyber-maturity to the nation’s Defense Industrial Base, working with clients to help them achieve CMMC and NIST 800-171 compliance by providing MSP, security and Office 365 integration services.

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