[Photo Spread] Book Annotating That’s Better over the Long Haul; Overcoming Distraction


I hope this post finds you well!

Below I share a photo spread. If you click on a picture, it will display the large photo viewer where you can see more details.

About the photos: The book annotation techniques on display in the photos have saved me SO MUCH time and helped me get the most out of my books and my reading. The photos depict how I take notes in books such that not only are the notes useful soon after they are taken (while still in the memory a bit), but they are useful months and years later.

The annotations are made and placed in such a way that I might not even have to open the book to know if it contains annotations leading to content that I need. And if I do determine to open the book, I can know to a high degree of certainty after skimming the Table of Contents or going to a select number of TABBED pages whether to keep with the book for my present needs or look elsewhere.

To close the post, below the photo spread I list four INCREDIBLY helpful (to me) links that lead to really great (to me) material that I’ve encountered over the past week or so. It didn’t feel right to “sit on them” without sharing. 😉 I hope you find something useful in one if not most of them. Please add your comments.

Well, back to thesising I go! Wishing you joy, clarity, and any breakthroughs you desire as you continue to squash effective tomatoes and cross off tasks toward reaching your milestones and crossing that finished line.Quote_DecideThatYouWantItMoreThanYouAreAfraidOfItWe’re going to get there! We are closer today than we were yesterday. Let’s do this! Solidarity vibes. 🙂

Please enjoy the photo gallery and links below.




Some Reads Perhaps Very Worth Your Time

  1. Distractions and Solutions posted at the (research) supervisor’s friend
  2. The Different Stages of the Writing Process posted at the Research Voodoo blog NOTE: The author recently enjoyed having one of her posts Freshly Pressed!
  3. Using English for Academic Purposes (a webguide for students in higher education) by Andy Gillett: This is a clear, illuminating, easy-and-even-fun-to-navigate website all about academic writing at higher levels. It’s the simplicity and CLARITY of the explanations, married with the diagrams, that strike me about this content. I’ll be back lots, I think.
  4. 6 Easy-to-Steal Rituals of Extremely Successful People posted at the Marc and Angel Hack Life blog

[Photo Gallery] Mickey’s Note Card Method of Doing Rowena Murray’s Method of Snack Academic Writing from Level 1, 2, 3, and 4 Outlines

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

(NOTE: Hover over the photo slide show above for a pause, play, rewind, and forward button. Also, the photos are STATICALLY displayed at the END of the post for easier examination. Below if you CLICK on a photo, a photo viewer will open up in a new window that allows you to scroll through the photos at your leisure.)


Above is a photo gallery of photos that tell the story of how I do Level 1 through 4 outlining (which I learned about in detail from Rowena Murray’s book “Writing for Academic Journals”) on 4- x 6-inch note cards and extend the process to QUICKLY design and then draft paragraphs . . . quickly. The net result is more well thought-out, more focused writing that you KNOW is clearly adding logically to a draft, and that you can do ANYWHERE (and during snippets of free time!)–with or without a computer. Hallelujah!

It’s almost counter-intuitive: You’d think handwriting things would slow you down immensely. But it affords a different kind of thinking-while-writing, and it doesn’t in the long run slow you down. It in fact saves lots of revising time because you’re doing your writing from a very intentional outline in a very disciplined, pointed way.

Freewriting lovers, don’t worry! :): There’s still a place for freewriting with this method of disciplined, intentional writing.

Via a series of video clips that I hope to create and post for my next post, I’ll explain the philosophy and how’s of Level 1-4 outlining, explain what it enables you to do (it’s paradigm-sifting and wonderfully PROGRESS-CAUSING), and share tips and do’s and don’ts to help you get the most out of the process and avoid pitfalls. I’ll also talk about how you can get academic software to gel nicely with this method of writing.

So, once I submit a full draft of my paper, I will allow the making and posting of the videos to be a reward for having done so :). In the meanwhile, enjoy the photo gallery below, and please feel free to post questions and comments!

Take care, and happy writing! STATIC photos are below!


STATIC PHOTOS (Click any photo to open up in another browser a photo viewer that allows you to scroll through the photos at your leisure.)