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Reading books is great. Reading and MARKING your books is even better. Like Mom always said, "Practice makes okay." So, grab a pencil and a book worth reading (not a brain-candy novel) and start working out a system of marginalia.

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The Key to remembering, organzing, and using everything you read.

References for using 4x6 notecards as a didactic tool. Ryan Holiday seems to have the easiest system to grasp at first and put into practict. The following is from him (tweaked only a little by me).

  1. If I have a thought, I write it down on a 4×6 notecard and identify it with a theme -- or if I am working on a specific project, where it would fit in the project. 
  2. Most of the time, what I write down are quotes. Or sentences in my own writing, words I like, questions I have, or examples I think might fit somewhere and want to learn more about.
  3. The key to this system is the ritual: Read a book or an article and diligently mark the passages and portions that stand out at you. If you have a thought, write it down on the page (this is called marginalia). A few weeks after finishing the book, return to it and transfer those notes/thoughts on to the appropriate note cards (waiting helps you separate the wheat from the chaff). 
  4. In the top left hand corner of each card, put a theme or category that this card belongs to. 
  5. Helpful tip: If you end up using the back of the card (I do it fairly often), note that on the front of the card.
  6. Periodically go back through the cards.

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