Newsletter #52: How to Revive Your Notes Graveyard

Ramses Oudt
Ramses Oudt
Newsletter #52: How to Revive Your Notes Graveyard

Happy Sunday, fellow lovers of knowledge!

If you were looking for the newsletter on Friday, sorry!  As an experiment, I'll send the newsletter on Sunday in the coming weeks.

The reason is simple: I need the extra hours as I'm busy getting up to speed as Logseq's community manager. That, and a bunch of holidays are taking place on Friday and Saturday in the coming weeks. If the experiment works, I'll stick to sending the newsletter on Sunday.

This week's edition is all about ensuring we keep getting value from our second brains. I know many (myself included) are in this Tools for Thought space because we're passionate about the tools themselves, but it often leads to us spinning our wheels.

We're great are capturing ideas, but our systems start to break down as we skip processing notes—either because we get overwhelmed or just stop doing it. This is when a digital garden starts to wither and becomes the proverbial notes graveyard. Hopefully, the resources in this newsletter will help to avoid (or fix) this.

Let's get started.

📤 Go from collector to creator using CODE

Some months ago I held a live session about Tiago Forte's CODE framework and how we can use it to go from collecting highlights and notes to sharing valuable insights.

As I keep linking to the workshop to show the power of writing in an outliner with block references, I've decided to make the whole recording public. I hope it'll help you go from hoarding notes to turning them into shareable insights.

Click here for the recording and slides.

📲 How to set up and use Phone to Note

Recently I did a live workshop on how to set up and use Phone to Roam. I've now edited the recording (taking out over 300 "ums" and "ehs"—thanks Descript!) and made it available to premium members.

In the meanwhile, the service has been rebranded to Phone to Note as it has added support for both Craft and Logseq. So if you often have ideas on the go—or want to quickly enter notes via Alfred—you can't ignore this service. While at $10 per month it isn't cheap, it easily pays back for itself as entering ideas into your second brain becomes a breeze.

Think Stack Club Premium members can find the entire workshop and notes here.

🌱 Revive your graph with new approaches and use cases

This week I had a wonderful conversation with Dario (OneStutteringMind), who has been churning out high quality content about Logseq for the past year. Dario is a consultant and uses Logseq both for work and his personal life. As his contexts change, do does his note-taking setup.

In this working session, Dario spends 40 minutes with a friend who is a management consultant. Together they think through how to bring over Markdown files from other platforms, how (and when) to work with pages, and the importance of indentation. They also dive into how to use diagramming to plan the structure of your graph.

Don't worry if you don't use Logseq; everything in this video can also be applied to Roam.

🏗 How to structure structureless tools like Roam and Logseq?

Talking to people new to outliners like Roam and Logseq, I notice many are afraid they'll lose their notes. Coming from Obsidian or other file-based systems, they rely on their folder structure to find back their notes. Result: they can't see how to achieve the same using outliners.

While structureless tools provide a lot of freedom, you still need to create some structure if you're going to find back your notes. While the right structure varies from person to person and use case to use case, we can definitely learn from each other.

In the comments to the tweet below, there are many gems on how to structure your graph. It also contains some useful resources, like this article by Ivo Velitchkov on his ontology for Roam, and this hugely useful (free) course by Beau Haan on how to build a Zettelkasten in Roam.

🏁 Logseq onboarding events

In January I'll be running live events to help newcomers to Logseq hit the ground running and get value from the tool as quickly as possible. No matter if you're a former Roam user or completely new to networked note-taking, I'm here to help you.

To better prepare, I'd like to know what you currently struggle with. I'm also curious to hear what (Roam or Logseq) features you initially found difficult to grasp but that are now crucial parts of your toolkit.

Hit reply to share your thoughts, and keep an eye on this newsletter for the announcement of the live sessions.

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