I desperately want to get my notes/reference/knowledge/writing system squared away so I can stop thinking about it.
I think I’m close. But I’m having trouble making some big, final decisions, which apps to use for what, and where the boundaries are.
What I want is a system that is fast. Fast creating, finding, organizing. And I don’t want to be tied to my Mac to use it.
A place to capture and cook ideas over time. Ideally this isn’t pull quotes, but write-ups in my own words about the pull quotes / topic. This should be geared towards long term sustainability, but also needs to be something I want to use.
Blog Post Writing and Publishing (Wordpress)
Links, notes and other project organization materials. Attachments not necessary, but could be helpful.
Speaker, Book, Article Notes
Places to keep the passages and notes from other people and their publications so that I’ll have it to reference.
Record Keeping and Reference
Notes about work, workout routines, health, family, the house, cars, contractors etc…
Media Consumption Records
Places to capture links and titles of interesting podcasts I’ve listened to and articles that I’ve read.
Shows to watch, gift ideas for people, Someday Maybe lists etc…
Assignment ideas, lesson plans, project evaluation writeups, notes on students/groups, etc…
I have Ulysses, Bear, iA Writer, Drafts, The Archive, 1Writer
(I have Apple Notes and Devonthink but I don’t like using them.)
I’d love to keep everything in Ulysses, but sometimes it feels weird to stuff it with notes it up with so much.
Bear is great. I’d love to use it with Ulysses, but I don’t know where to draw the line.
I like The Archive because it uses plain text files, it’s very fast to create or retrieve, and it does some interesting note linking and in-note tagging…but no images…which is a bummer.
- Everything in Ulysses.
- Everything in Bear.
- Reference and practical notes in Bear. Writing, thoughts, ideas, zettlekasten in Ulysses.
- Everything in Bear except for actual blog/article writing, which goes in Ulysses.
- Same as #3, except zettelkasten in The Archive/1Writer/iA Writer.
- Eff it - Take my ball and go home. Everything in Plain Text, in one folder, NValt style.