I'm wondering if those of you with meeting intensive jobs like mine have this same experience. I find that my ability to understand my meeting notes begins to seriously disenegrate within about half a day...if I wait a day or two later, then I'm really sitting there scratching my head.
Of course, it would help if I were careful in my note taking...once in awhile I'll write something like "talk to Joe about..." - about what?? If I look at the meeting notes write after the meeting, I'll remember what it was, but two days later I'm in the dark.
What I'm finding is that I need to try to process my notes as soon as possible after I get out of the meeting - ideally immediately. Waiting comes at a high cost. My thinking is that if it is important enough for a bunch of expensive people to spend an hour or so meeting about, it is important enough to give top priority to when processing (have you ever totalled up the hourly rate of the people in the room - yowsa).
I find it takes A LOT of discipline for me to ignore the siren song of non-truly urgent emails, voice mails and people wanting to talk to me that have accumulated while I was in the meeting.
If I'm not able to deal with my meeting notes right after the meeting, I try to do them first when I process my inbox. I'm finding that working my inbox in order from "conversational" material to "printed" keeps me out of trouble. So I'm processing in this order:
1) things that people have said to me in passing or that are in my mind that I haven't written down - before I completely blank on it
2) meeting notes
3) voice mail
5) paper mail
This, for whatever reason, goes against my natural inclination - I want to look at paper mail first, email next, etc....
I shudder to think back on my pre-GTD when I would go DAAAYS without actually looking at my meeting notes and would go off my memory of what was said only too look at my notes later and realize I neglected an important (usually off topic) detail.
It would also help if I could commit to fewer meetings! I get into trouble when my ratio of meeting time and time to actually do the stuff that comes up in meetings gets out of whack.