Dave Meier
January 10, 2023
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How to Turn Book Highlights into Content

For years, I added highlights in books.
Then, I forgot about them โ€” a wasted return on my time.

I never retained much of the information from books.
Again not much of a return.

Why was I highlighting content in books?

  • Answered questions have
  • Related to existing ideas or perspectives
  • It inspired me to want to create something
  • I was finding answers to my questions.

I needed a process to create content from those answers.

The HQ&A method

Jamie Mills created the HQ&A method to help turn highlights and excerpts into your content. 

Hereโ€™s how it works:

  • Highlight: Capture what catches your interest
  • Question: What does it ask or answer?
  • Answer: Answer in your own words

I view the Question & Answer as an atomic note.ย 

  • In my PKM system, I apply a Question tag to find these notes later.
  • I add an Unanswered Question tag to incomplete notes.
  • It allows me to combine, expand or remix questions & answers.

Stack past efforts on top of one another to create something new.