Back in high school I rarely took notes during class. I drew in my sketchbook instead and was somehow able to absorb information better that way. Mr. Lamb my economics instructor took note of this after I aced my first exam. He told me "Vincent, whatever your doing... it's working. So don't take any notesin my class. Just keep drawing in my class." ( I ended up getting an A in his class)
These days I am in a lot of meetings and I want to "take notes" in the same way. If I am not presenting or fielding questions I will start doodle my coworkers. It's great because you get to see the same faces a lot and learn your subjects. It's not so great because you end up drawing a lot of people sitting down looking off in the same direction. But with my busy schedule I'll take any opportunity to get some drawing done.
I used to do tiny little quick doodles on post-it notes like these two:
Lately I have been bringing the iPad Pro in to meetings and doing quick gesture drawings of my coworker's faces.
So,dear coworkers, if you see me staring at you in a meeting and my iPad is out you now know what's up. ( sorry not sorry)