Using Sketch Book Summary (SBS) to remember content what matters to me.

Drawing important things from books keeps my memory fresh.

Using Sketch Book Summary (SBS) to remember content what matters to me.

Over the time I developed my own way of remembering what the content of a book was. I'm reading a lot self improvement, time management, management and culture books. A trainer once told me if I could remember months later only 10% what was in the book I'm really good. I wanted to change that.

I'm reading mostly on my Kindle. I have all the books always with me. The nice thing about it is, that I could mark text which is important or useful to me. My first iteration was just doing that. Turn out at most I was reading all notes at the end again. After a while I figured that did not help enough and I could do better.

The second attempt was to write down by hand all the notes on a sheet of paper. Writing things down with a real pen helps you to remember things. This was better. I made the mistake to mark a lot of text and so I had to write down a lot. From time to time I read through the notes again but it took always some time and it was too much.

Say hello to Sketch Book Summary.

Back some years ago I started to draw our Rules of Play on an A0 sheet of paper. Every rule as a visual reminder.

Rule: No shared Data(base)

In contrast what everybody is saying: This is easy to do. It is not hard. Believe me.

So I started to wonder if I can apply this to a book. I would weed out the not so important things since I can not draw everything. Only what really matters would survive. This things are visual so I can be remembered very quickly what was important to me in this book. It is like sketch notes for a talk. I did some of those for conference / youtube talks and seminars I attended. Now I'm doing it for books as well.

You might find that useful.

Read, mark, write, draw, remember.