Simplifying capture of ideas
I have for too long relied on my memory for things. I am both getting older and my responsibilities are growing, so I need to deal with this in a better way.
Rather than setting a goal to capture notes every day, I’m going to build a system so it’s unavoidable. I’ve never found goals to really work for me — I easily defer or water down said goals to the point where achieving them feels unsatisfying, if I even achieve anything at all. Systems, on the other hand, seem to work well for me. The blogpostby seemed to capture why well.
Some goals and requirements:
- Must be possible across all platforms: macOS, iOS, iPadOS, watchOS if possible
- Must be in as few clicks/taps/steps as possible; ideally, the writing of the idea is the first of those steps as to avoid distraction or loss
- Make it easy to leverage the zettelkasten to link related ideas later. Any text editor will work to allow for this, but ideally one that recognizes backlinks
I’m trying a Zettelkasten approach, leveraging an open-source framework called Neuron. Of course I’m adopting a method championed by Germany, with my love for both structure and an extremely thoughtful approach to it.
Tools in use:
- GitHub for hosting the Zettelkasten (currently called
- Ulysses for long-form writing and Zettel (atomic idea) processing
- Working Copy for publishing to the
- Shortcuts for quick capture on iOS/iPadOS/watchOS — TODO: publish shortcut
- Alfred 4 for quick capture on macOS
- GitHub Desktop for publishing from macOS. I don’t love this currently and am looking for a different approach