After spending the last couple of years using Apple Notes to organize my life outside of my task manager, I’ve decided to move back to using plain text files again. Nothing really terrible happened in Apple Notes, but I did experience a few sync issues over the years. I wasn’t actually planning to do this, I was looking for a good markdown editor and found iA Writer. After using it for a few days I thought this would be great for organizing my life in plain text documents.
There are many reasons I’ve decided to use plain text:
- Plain ASCII text files should be future proof.
- They are small and easy to sync.
- There are great tools like IA Writer for organizing and managing these files.
- It is easy to change the software to read/write the files. If IA Writer goes away or is superseded by something better, I can easily switch tools.
- I don’t want my information trapped in a proprietary format, such as Apple Notes, which is what I was using before.
- Markdown is the perfect lightweight formatting that keeps the files small, but still allows for some structure.
One of the cool things about iA Writer is that it supports a hashtag system. So I’ve been tagging my notes which is a better and more flexible way of organizing notes. I just have 2 folders now, Reference, Archive and the main folder of active notes. Once a week I’ll review the active notes and move the ones that are done to the Archive folder.