Montag, 27. August 2012

Improving the efficiency of writing the dream diary

How can I write my dream diary more quickly

Some lucid dreamers consider painstakingly writing your dream diary as essential for having a good dream recall.
After a short time of writing down your dreams every night you will perceive a steady improvement of your ability to recall dreams. That is definitely a good thing but unfortunately consumes time.
Is there any possibility to use the time more efficiently?

Learning a shorthand

There are several shorthand systems which make note taking easier and quicker. If I write conventional longhand, I can do 50 words per minute (wpm), a regular speaker has about 150 to 180 wpm.
You find a complete list of all shorthand systems at the Wikipedia.

I had a look at a few of them and Boyd's Syllabic Shorthand looks pretty cool. Here you find an online coursebook to study for free.
According to the author of the online course above you need about one month of practice to attain a speed of 100 wpm and after further practice you may reach even 200 wpm. I find this quite astonishing.

The quickest shorthand system I have found so far was the Gregg Shorthand which makes writing speeds up to 280 wpm possible.

What I dislike about both systems is the fact that you don't really have orthography. You just write everything phonetically which may be confusing to read. Maybe one can get used to it with further experience.

Dutton Speedwords
Ron Hale-Evans introduces in his book 'Mind Performance Hacks' a way of speeding up taking notes with the Dutton Speedwords.
Similar to other shorthand systems important words will be replaced by shorthand symbols: 'the' becomes 'l', 'and' becomes '&'.
The dutton speedword language has a grammar of its own like conjugation of verbs. Within certain limits you can use this system as a constructed language like Esperanto. 

Yublin Shorthand
Jon Aquino developed the Yublin Shorthand System, which is similar to the system invented by Dutton. The 600 most frequend words in english language were replaced by abbreviations and symbols which are based on english language.

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