You're not writing this down


I don’t take notes.

Well, I say I don’t take notes but really, sometimes I do.  It would be more accurate to say that I rarely take notes in the way that most people take notes.

I was recently in a meeting with my boss and he was detailing a lot of things he wanted me to work on.  I sat there very quietly.  I was processing all the information that he was laying on me – which was quite a lot compared to the meetings we’ve had in the past.  As a side note, the increase in information and the amount of things he wants to see come out of my department can and is being taken as a compliment – means I’m doing something right.

Anyway, I wasn’t writing any of it down, which prompted him to say, "You’re not writing this down…"

My brain doesn’t work that way.  In school, I wrote down the assignments but I didn’t really take notes.  Other kids were scrambling and scribbling away in their little notebooks, but not me.  I think I’ve got a better auditory memory – IF I AM FOCUSED ON THE SUBJECT.  Bore me and not only am I not taking notes but I’m also not listening to what you’re saying, so you’re screwed if you expect me to remember any of it.  Incidentally, I always did well on tests even though I didn’t take notes or study much – I processed the information in class as it was being shared with/taught to me.

It’s also amusing to note that when I am home, I could probably be best described as forgetful or scatter brained.  At work, it’s the exact opposite.  Perhaps it comes back to focus again – at work I am focused on the tasks before me, what needs to get done and when.  At home, not so much.

That’s not to say that I’m not focused when I’m not working – I am, just not on the things that most people usually are.  If left alone, I would probably never check my mailbox, for example.  My brain is always working on things, though.  I think that’s why I’ve always had difficulty falling asleep at night – my mind is still churning away on stuff and it takes a while to get it to wind down.  Once it does, I’m out for a good long time.  Which also makes it difficult to wake up in the morning.

Which explains my chronic lateness.