I’m ex-Evernote-r. Since they changed their terms & conditions to make me the product, I haven’t found a real home for my stuff. Using Linux probably doesn’t help in the sense that I’d like any “solution” to be platform-agnostic. I’ve found some awesome tools that only work on one platform.
So I took to the Twitter hive mind to ask: Hey folks! How do you keep track of your ideas, inspiration and bits of useful research?
I got some excellent replies: a huge thank you to everyone who took time out of their weekend to reply.
Here’s what I learned:
- Most people have somewhere to store their research, links or thoughts be that blogging, Evernote, Onenote, Google Keep, or a notebook.
- Some people have a way to keep work moving along nicely, for example Trello.
- Having a method that works for you can saving you from productivity porn, where you spend more time working on becoming creative organised and productive than being creative, organised and productive.
I especially liked Matt Jukes using blogging as memory:
And Abi using tried and tested paper as a bullet journal:
In a nutshell? I want a supporting scaffolding for my interests and work rather than being sucked into the tyranny of productivity. So I’ll think about how I want to be organised and find a tool-agnostic method that works for me. Finding the tools first won’t get me the results I’m looking for nor do I need to have everything in one place.
What next? I’m reading or rather listening to Getting Things Done: : The Art of Stress-free Productivity recommended by Lucy Knight. Then I’ll iterate with my existing tools and find out what works for me.
Two things I was reminded of this weekend? Methods > Tools, Blogging as Memory.
This is a working in the open blog post. It’s off the cuff, stream of consciousness stuff to capture what I’m doing, learning and sharing.