A quick search of my email shows I’ve been using Workflowy since March of 2012. I have had many organizational systems in that time. I use it less these days (my bullet journal is likely to blame), but I have really used it well at times.
For example, freewriting non-linearly and using tags for things I want to #remember so that I can easily find them again.
To be honest, the way it serves me most these days is as this evergreen reference place for my most important lists: an address book I reference a surprising amount, a list of every address I’ve ever lived so I don’t forget, my CV, important birthdays, all my belongings and the ones I’ve #loaned out, everywhere I’ve ever traveled, who I want notified of my death and how I want my memorial service to be, the pesky routing number to my checking account, etc. These things could live anywhere, for me they live in Workflowy.
But, I’ve also got all sorts of project management, ideation, documentation, and accounting wrapped up in it from when I was a freelancer. And an arsenal of shared lists that are probably still referenced sometime by someone.
I’ve really been wrestling with the ways technology can support my note taking as it’s more and more important to me. I feel like I’ve tried just about everything from the early days of Notational Velocity and its nvAlt and The Archive manifestations, to Ulysses/Bear/Evernote/Notes to Notion to Workflowy to Agenda to all the mindmapping tools (CMap, VUE, iThoughts and the gang of apps that are just like it, Scapple) to analog (and probably others that aren’t coming directly to mind). Right now I’m even reentering the forbidden forest of Tinderbox and trying to figure it the hell out. I know that I need something visual, something textual, something non-linear, and something searchable, extensible, and that can receive and link between all types of thought. Is that asking too much?
Anyway, here’s a screen grab of my home-level Workflowy workflow. I didn’t doctor it up for screen grabbing, it normally has those captions so I don’t forget myself. I really recommend the global-tag index (and keeping it maintained regularly by deleting things that are no longer relevant). Very nice way to navigate your notes.