Day 17: My Crucial Note Taking Principles
When taking notes on anything, I follow these rules ruthlessly.
# 1. Capture Fleeting Thoughts and Ideas Generously
Whenever something pops into my head, I write it down in my daily notes. I can do this after sitting down and pondering about a topic for a while using pen & paper or capture things on the go, while in traffic, coming out from the shower or after a great conversation.
See How I Capture Thoughts and Tasks without distracting myself
Saw @fortelabs capturing Tasks while doing Email— Fabian 🚢 (@ederbit) January 11, 2023
Thought this was neat. Sadly I don't have fancy programs, and no Mac.
But I have ... is bash.
So I hacked together a script.
Using #bash #rofi #vim @obsdmd pic.twitter.com/W6DY6jRqGU
# 2. Every Note has a home
Every piece of writing belongs somewhere. If there is no well defined place, it goes to my daily notes.
# 3. Letting an idea age
Every now and then, I get bestowed upon a million dollar idea.
Turns out 90% of those are trash. That’s why I make sure those ideas stay in my daily note until I’ve slept on it for few days. If it then still feels important, I can extract it. Or not.
This is crucial to avoid cluttering your notes.
# 4. Make it Discoverable
Anything not relevant now, might turn out to be useful later on.
That’s why I ensure future me can stumble upon it.
In Obsidian, I use #tags to make a piece of writing findable. This enables me to dig in my pile of notes and discover hidden gems.
# 5. The Structure will emerge
Note-taking sounds easy, but requires a systematic approach.
At least, after you’ve done it for a while. Don’t worry. Start writing things down now and see how your structure will slowly emerge by itself.
First published on Typeshare