It’s annoying when, years after reading a good book, you think back on it and remember enjoying it, but can’t recall all of the particular details that made you enjoy the book.

I think may way around this will be to capture some key notes and highlights immediately after reading through something, and then saving or even publishing them for later if needed. It seems like a bit of work, but I’m usually highlighting or annotating things anyway. I may as well make these highlights more accessible. Credit goes to Derek Sivers for this idea.

I’ve found it helpful to write down all of the details of every barbecue/smoke that I do. I started this process when I first began low-and-slow smoking, wanting to record all of the little variables that can affect the cooking process, even the weather. Here’s an example of a recent note:

It’s now at the point where I can’t start a low-and-slow smoke unless I’ve got a note ready to go. Overkill? Maybe. But I actually enjoy the process and I think it’s making the cooks go better.