Memory designed by Andrew J. Young from the Noun Project

Memory designed by Andrew J. Young from the Noun Project

There’s one habit that can help you think clearer, become a better listener, and help you to be more helpful for others, and it only takes 30 seconds to do. Entrepreneur Robyn Scott shares on Medium:

Immediately after every lecture, meeting, or any significant experience, take 30 seconds — no more, no less — to write down the most important points. If you always do just this, and even if you only do this, with no other revision, you will be okay.

It’s not note taking: Don’t think, just because you write down everything in a meeting, that you’re excused from the 30 second summation. Though brief, this exercise is entirely different from taking notes. It’s an act of interpretation, prioritization, and decision-making.

The impact of taking just 30 seconds after every meeting or worthwhile event in your life to sit down and reflect is almost immeasurable. The habit forces you to seriously think about the most important things you just heard or experienced, and the 30 second timeframe keeps you focused on quality rather than quantity.

Scott gives seven points on how participating in such a simple habit can drastically improve how you think, speak, and most importantly: listen. Be sure to read her whole post.

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