Layouts are the road map of your visual notes. Before you begin, you should have a layout in mind. When you define your space beforehand, you feel more freedom and confidence while you capture your visual notes in the moment. If you don’t know where your visual notes are headed, you create opportunities for indecision and not using the space well.


Don’t make it hard for anyone to read your visual notes. If you’re just beginning to learn visual notetaking, it’s a good idea work from left to right, top to bottom. As you get used to taking visual notes and practice visual direction, start experimenting with different layout styles that may be contrary to the traditional path of reading.

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