When I write out my revision notes, I use a lot of lists and abbreviations there too. Everything is handwritten as I believe it helps me absorb the information easier and quicker; and lists mean that everything is condensed so that I don't have to read long paragraphs of prose about a topic. My attention span is pretty short so it enables me to make the most of this short period where I actually have my mind set on the task at hand (i.e. revision).
Another way I jazz up my list writing is to write them on a sticky note - this brightens things up for sure and also helps with recall of vast amounts of information.
Sorry for another brief post - exams are coming up so I'm definitely feeling an impending sense of doom.