If you ever took notes on an article, video, or podcast and had no idea do with it, you're in the right place. Many existing solutions suggest adding tags, and creating many layers of nested folders. But oftentimes we find ourselves with. The fault isn't in the person but in the note-taking system itself.
My goal is to create aworkflow where the content of the note organizes the note. This effectively eliminates the third step when taking notes: organize the note we wrote.
- Pull out our note-taking tool of choice
- Put our thoughts into words
- Organize the note we wrote
Connect Ideas to Organize Notes
Since, we can take advantage of that by similarly structuring our notes. Therefore, we create notes that extend our brain. Because notes are organized more intuitively, finding notes is as simple as .
One trap that people fall victim to is organizing notes with categories. We want to organize through ideas because they are. Categories are too broad and aren't interoperable. As an example:
[[notes are written to free space in the brain]]
[[working to live or living to work depends on how meaningful someone finds their jobs]]
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Workflow #1 (Internet Browsing)
- I find an interesting quote or read an article (e.g. an article about remembering more things)
- I think of one idea and put it in its most generic form with Fleeting Notes
- If I’m feeling like I have a lot of time, I fill in some extra context about my idea and add links. Sometimes I can’t think of an idea so I just fill in a blurb of my thoughts in the content section.
- I create the note and link the source by clicking “Add Source URL” in my chrome extension.
- My “fleeting notes” are automatically synced to Obsidian by following this guide
Workflow #2 (Meeting/Lecture Notes)
- In Obsidian, under my daily notes I add a header for the meeting im in (e.g. Meeting with X, Physics Kinematics Lecture, etc.)
- Under this heading I go all out and just write. If I have time I add links and subheaders to organize my notes
- When I do ever come to review my notes, I add links whenever I think of ideas.