I’m continuing the (never-ending) process of trying to dial in my system.
I’ve read the Bullet Journal book, and I like “rapid logging”, mostly for the speed and the fact that I (now) always have a Field Notes sized notebook & pen in my pocket. It makes getting quick ideas out of my head super-fast, instead of having to unlock my phone, fire up an app, wait for it to launch, etc. I have a Post-It flag on my current page, so it’s easy to flip it open and go.
Of course as a tech professional, pretty much everything I do in life is digital. So keeping my giant list of “to do” stuff in a notebook - particularly a small pocket notebook - is inefficient. Especially if I’m manually re-writing things when the notebook fills up, per the BuJo methodology. I mean…I have one large customer that I’ve given their own “someday/maybe” list.
I’ve also been doing some reading about the idea of “commonplace books”, where one scribbles down quotes, important thoughts, etc. And the idea of writing it down seems appealing, both from the ease-of-use perspective, and because writing something down seems different from typing it. I’ve discovered that if I don’t write something down, I won’t remember. If I do write it down, there’s a good chance I’ll never have to look at it because it’ll be committed to memory via the act of writing.
So ultimately, I think most of my life & data ultimately needs to live in a digital form - but paper is quick & convenient. This makes the “indexing” feature of BuJo seem much less relevant, as the idea is to get it out of my head, and probably transfer it at some future point to a digital format.
I don’t think I need to go full Zettelkasten or anything, but a DEVONthink database full of categorized notes is more than fine for me.
Does anybody else do a hybrid system like this? If so, do you do something to differentiate between kinds of items (quotes, grocery lists, “remember this when I get home”, tasks, etc.)? Or do you just do a straight-up stream-of-consciousness sort of dump, and sort it out later?
Any good tips? Further reading?