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Bigger Ideas

Platform agnostic ideas that may help your PKM process. They may feature a software, but I think they apply to more than a single platform.

This is a good post from Ness Labs about being active with your creative input. Don’t just sit back, but do something with the information.

Dan Allosso announced a new book, How to Make Notes and Write. I already ordered my copy.

Chris Lawley showed off how he does mind mapping on an iPad.

What about adding sketches to your notes for clarity?

Scott talked about choosing a topic to write about.

Is iPadOS lacking in good note applications? This is a good discussion about that topic. I find iPadOS (especially with Stage Manager) to be my perfect note tool.

I did a video showing off my note process for Building a Second Brain by Tiago Forte.

This is a great article revolving around trusting your own notes.

Ev Chapman shares a process to turn notes into knowledge and into content.

This is a nice primer on the Feynman technique.

Greg talks about his note journey back to Apple Notes.

Justin live streamed a note session. I enjoyed the wide-ranging discussion about what a note system can mean to you.

Found this older video of a Second Brain system setup in Notion.

You can get Alfred to search your folder of .md notes with a file filter.

This is a good article about why analogue systems are great. I also fully endorse “systems before tools”. Your bad system will follow you to your next magic tool and you’ll still be in the same bad spot you’re in now.

Something Interesting

Because we’re all lookin to expand our minds a bit.

You’re always training something. Sometimes it’s good, sometimes it’s bad. Be intentional about which one it is.

Is Twitter a group hallucination? I’m doing much less on Twitter though its siren song calls many times a day.

This is an interesting video on expertise. Very much aligns with Range and wicked learning environments. The biggest issue I see is what is stated at the end. People want some magic software solution, they don’t want to hear that they just need to sit down and do the hard work.


I came across Capacities this week. One of the interesting things is that you can capture via Telegram, e-mail, or WhatsApp.

DEVONthink has a short post on how to use rules to move content vs filing it.

Shu showed off Heyday. I think that this makes capture far too easy so that you feel like you’re making progress when all you’re really doing is filling your life with crap sources. Most of what you come across is not with saving.

Scrivener has a problem. I’ve loved Scrivener, but it’s so long between updates and development is so slow I have no idea how I could ever go back to writing in it.

Some people say that InkDrop is a NotePlan killer. I agree though that not storing notes in a plaintext format is a big hindrance to InkDrop. Craft doesn’t do this either, but it does have a very robust export.

You can make moving notes in NotePlan faster.


Craft released version 2.3, with some good updates. You now have more control over mentions in comments and there are more options for notifications when someone makes a comment. Craft also added 11 new templates specifically for HR teams.

Numeric Citizen did a walk-through of the latest version of Craft.

It does seem like some people feel left behind by Craft as it does more collaboration and less for personal note-takers.

Don’t forget you can join the Slack community for Craft with the link found here.


Mike Schmitz has started a newsletter for Daily Obsidian Tips.

Here are some different folder/tag workflows.

This can make your capture of the web faster with Obsidian. I still like Obsidian for my thoughts and DEVONthink for other people’s thoughts.

Can you replace Ulysses with Obsidian for book writing?

Use Git to sync Obsidian on your Android devices. It does require some code and terminal stuff but feels doable for many to me.

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