It never ceases to amaze me how much time people spend in meetings without writing anything down.
Which leads to time being wasted with repetitive statements and arguments about what was actually being said, let alone: being meant.
Writing things down forces us to become focused and specific.
It streamlines the discussions when everyone can see what was already mentioned. It removes vagueness in the statements when we can challenge a specific wording. And it commits everyone to a written result as opposed to thoughts and feelings that are different in everyone’s memory.
The cool part of the story is that the same benefits apply when you’re having a meeting with just yourself.