I’ve been reading this discussion board for ages, so I thought that was about time to share my setup. (not English speaking, apologies for typos)
I am not that avid/organised not taker, so I am looking for simplicity. I don’t even need to reviews notes regularly, things are also on things3 and my gmail, and my work files are more than often on my clients onedrive/gdrive etc.
So I have those 200 notes that I want to keep a little organised
This is the setup that I am going for:
- Me - (my life)
- Home - my home
- Family - mother and sister
- Belongings - car, motorbike, etc…
- Clients - A note for each client with the essential information
- Requests - I actually use more gmail or things3 to track requests… but perhaps I should at least copy them here
- Templates - checklist and procedures
- Webinar - notes about professional webinars that I attend
- Materials - passwords, documents, operational material that maybe fit in 3.1
- Webinars - this can overlap with 3.4.
- Coding - snippets
- Podcast - (or any other topic that grab my interest)
- Concepts - some kind of evergreen notes
- Questions - questions that I ask myself with details about it
- Entities - research on companies and people
- Steal it - ideas and inspiration found around
My doubts and thoughts
- Basically my areas are “I am not getting money for this (2)”, "I am getting money for this (3) and “I hope to get money for this one day (6)”
- All the others are notes that I am trying to save somewhere. I am doing everything by spotlight and often I search by a keyword rather than by category
- I have area of research for my profession (3), but I am also keeping notes for topics that I want to research, they can be part of my profession in the future (or a side part), but they are not part of my consultancy profession. In 3.4 I put notes about webinar that I followed strictly related for my consultancy business, in 4.2 webinar, but can also be articles and papers, regarding other topics. Are they overlapping?
- Not sure if the categories under research (6) can be placed as areas
I keep task in things3 with a bit of GTD style and I use a lot the calendar for timeblocking and Trello for when I need a higher view.