๐Ÿ“ Organizing Notes with Apps

Describes how I take, store, and edit various notes.

How Notes & Writings Can Be Categorized

Classifications of my writings & notes, and where to put them.

Type

Updatable?

How Refined?

Can Made Public?

How valuable to others?

Diary

Never

-2

N

0

Personal Journal

Daily

-3

N

0

Credentials / Passwords

At times

N/A

N

3

Academic papers

Never

3

Y

3

Various Essays

Never

2

Y

2

Quick Notes

Seldom

-1

N

1

Reviews / Summaries

Maybe

1

Y

2

Web Clippings

Never

N/A

N/A

1

Translations / Transcripts

Never

3

Y

2

  • N/A means "not my own work, thus does not apply."

  • Numbers are on a 7-point scale.

How I Allocate Apps to Different Note-taking Purposes

Crossed-outs are what I used to use but moved away from (due to death of product, etc.).

Note-taking and Storage

  • Course notes / meeting notes that better be hand-drawn: Notability (iPad)

  • Diary, personal journal: Day One OneNote

  • Course reviews and summaries: Evernote Notability, course-specific folders, and -- in cases that the notes may be shared -- my academic website.

  • Scribbles, jots, etc.: A folder full of plain text/markdown files.

    • Synced with Simplenote Dropbox.

    • Read with Notational Velocity, nvALT fsNotes.

Editors and Word Processors

  • Coding/writing temporarily - Sublime Text

  • Quickly generating PDFs from Markdown - Mou Typora

  • Academic writing (essay, things with a formula/equation, etc.) - LyX

  • For language-checking - Hemingway Editor + SlickWrite

  • Mind-mapping - MindNode

  • (Math stuff excluded)

  • (Office suites excluded)

  • (Reminder and Calendar excluded)

  • (Rare-format editors excluded)

Cloud Storages

  • Mobile Syncing - Dropbox

  • Google Office - Google Drive

  • Microsoft Office - OneDrive

  • Backup - Box