A blank page can be a bit intimidating, as it’s a completely blank canvas. There are six various ways to lay out a page:
In different contexts, notes demand their own layouts. If it’s a lecture or presentation environment, free form organization is a good option. A good place to start is in the middle, with a quick sketch of the speaker to help develop a narrative around them. For daily notes during a meeting or stand up, grid or modular are more efficient.
One emphasis of layout is the importance of white space. White space is perfectly OK. Sometimes people are self-conscious about white space, but it allows room for breathing. Also, during a lull in meetings, that white space is the perfect canvas for a doodle.