I think I may take too many notes...
When I first see players unless they have an obvious style my notes center around the cards they had and the action generated, I don't try to read them at all. For example:
- limps with K9s+, 55+
- limps with KK, built $30 pot DANGEROUS
- Raised 4x with 77 late
- limps late with 78s with 2 limpers
- goes to river with K4o K paired, 14x pot
When I join a table and see players with notes I've made, I take a quick glance through them. If I haven't made any notes on their playstyle I'll read through the hands I've seen, and start notes on their playstyle based on those.
If anyone's got an obvious playing style I'll put that at the top straight away:
- Very LAG preflop
- Weak postflop
Most of the time I'll prefix the playing style notes with "seems" unless I'm sure of the read:
- Seems tight
- Seems LAG
If I see someone I can make big money off, those notes go in caps at the top:
- CALLING STATION
- AGGRESSIVE, CAN'T LAYDOWN - PUSH WITH A MONSTER
I'll also make notes if they'll play a big pot with mediocre hands:
- Played $50 pot to river with K7s K paired, LAG opp, won.
My notes aren't short, but the info I want to see most often is at the top.