I was looking through my session note-pad an got stuck on a section for about five minutes, trying to remember why I had written down the names of all the PCs and "DM" next to some random words just above the name of a specific merchant. Then it hit me, they were food orders.
When I prepare, I usually go for writing on my laptop, and my digital notes are hella-organized, but my paper notes are an absolute mess. Do any of you have a good system to keep track of your paper notes or is it just a case of growing into it?
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For each of my campaign sessions I print out a word document with a table on it. The table is split into five columns. NPC's, Locations, Items, Moments, and Miscellaneous. At the top of the page I leave space for a title I give to the session this can be the main monster they fought or the beginning and end location of the party. Also in this area I write the starting and ending experience points of the party.
This response may be a year and some change late to this post, but for anyone that has issues with note taking, I strongly recommend using EverNote. It is similar to Microsoft's OneNote program, but free. Anytime concepts or ideas pop up for adventures you can create a binder for documents covering all those. Each binder contains its own series of documents you want to add. Easy to use and incredibly helpful!