We’ve all experienced post-meeting amnesia at least once during work – that feeling right after an important sit down where we can’t seem to recall anything that was discussed or decided. Before you begin to worry you’re officially growing old, we’ve got some tips and tricks on creating action plans after meetings that guarantee you’ll be able to recall everything just perfectly.
Perfect the art of note taking
It can be easy to lose track of what people are saying in a meeting if you aren’t taking notes to develop the habit if you don’t do so already. Writing down key points of a person’s presentation or discussions about important decisions not only help you retain what’s happening, they also allow you to flag things up in case you have any questions or points to raise later.
Create a key and incorporate this into your notes
Adding a simple key to your notes can be a great way of following up on meetings after they’re done. This can be done in a way that makes the most sense to you- for instance, a question mark can mean things you need to bring up with your manager or colleague later, while an exclamation point means there’s something that has been assigned to you that you can’t forget.
Keep all your notes in a single place to keep track of your progress
Having a separate diary or notebook for your meetings is a great way to keep record of the progression of events during a work quarter, and will allow you later on when making goals for yourself to get a sense of how much you’ve been contributing or which areas, in particular, you’ve struggled with during work.
Speak to your manager/colleague and clear up any questions as soon as possible
You’re not the only person who’s thought up a question during a colleague’s presentation but decided to leave the questions for a later time. More often than not, that time never arrives, so as soon as your meeting is finished, review your notes and raise any questions you may have immediately. This won’t just bring you some much-needed clarity, but will also mean you don’t give yourself the opportunity to procrastinate any work you may need to do after.