A laptop method based on EasyScript

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#1 16 January, 2016 - 02:27
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A laptop method based on EasyScript

Bfor I r/trd, I usd m l/tp f tkg nts t tem mtgs.

M mthd ws bsd n "EasyScript":
easyscript dot com

I ddnt pa f thr crs. I smply d/lodd th fre PDFs c/taing th ruls. N th sam wy tht th gys n othr prts f ths sit modfy mnemonic techniqs t sut thslvs, I modfd Esyscr t mtch m on liks nd d/lks.

Th advantg f th mthd s tht th writr typs a lot lss charctrs t sy th sam thng. M ablty t abbrevt hs redcd snc I retd, s ths curr txt wd hv bn mch brfr whn I ws wrkg.

As son s poss aftr th mtg, I cd go bk nd insrt missg chars whr I thot t wd clar th meang. F my wn prpss, I insrtd s few chars s poss, bt f t ws my trn t writ th mins, thn f crs I hd t writ evrythg n ful, sch s th fllwg txt.


Before I retired, I used my laptop for taking notes at team meetings.

My method was based on "EasyScript":
easyscript dot com

I didn't pay for their course. I simply downloaded the free PDFs containing the rules. In the same way that the guys in other parts of this site modify mnemonic techniques to suit themselves, I modified Easyscript to match my own likes and dislikes.

Th advantage of the method is that the writer types a lot less characters to say the same thing. My ability to abbreviate has reduced since I retired, so this current text would have been much briefer when I was working.

As soon as possible after the meeting, I could go back and insert missing characters where I thought it would clarify the meaning. For my own purposes, I inserted as few characters as possible. But if it was my turn to write the minutes, then of course I had to write everything in full, such as the following text.


BTW: Unlike EasyScript, in my method, some characters might have more than one meaning. For example, "n" could be in, on, one, an, any, no, depending on context. If there were ambiguity, I added more letters. That's one of the reasons why you need to transcribe your notes ASAP after writing. If you wait till tomorrow to fill in all the missing letters, it's all gobbledygook. The memory guys might agree that this "instant reinforcement" would help students with lecture notes.

If you use this method, you might initially spend a lot of time trying to think of the best way to abbreviate something. In fact, you might have been quicker writing the whole thing in full.

But eventually, it's just another parallel thread of subconscious thinking. I suppose the mnemonic guys have noticed the same thing.

29 January, 2016 - 13:47
Joined: 2 years 8 months ago

Interesting idea. I was looking at another kind of shorthand script recently, but I think I've misplaced the tab. I will try to find it.

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