Newsletter #60: Define and Refine Your Personal Workflows

Ramses Oudt
Ramses Oudt
Newsletter #60: Define and Refine Your Personal Workflows

Happy Friday, fellow lovers of knowledge!

No, this isn't an April Fools joke, I'm really back after a well-needed break. Expect the regular dose of thinking tools geekery .

To warm up (and catch up), this week's newsletter contains a collection of the videos I've produced in the past months. As you'd expect, they focus on Logseq. But as always, the principles I keep hammering on can be applied to almost any networked thinking tool.

To help you refine your thinking, I'll soon start producing written guides again. But as I'm so focused on Logseq day to day, I'll pay more attention to what happens between our ears than on our screens. It's time to focus more on the thinking part of Think Stack. If you're looking for a great Logseq newsletter, I recommend Logseq Weekly. But for one last time, I'm dedicating this newsletter to my favorite thinking tool.

If you have any suggestions for videos or articles, please hit reply and share whatever is on your mind. For now, let's have a look at what I produced while I was away.

Getting started with (Logseq) workflow design

You can use Logseq for nearly anything; from simple scratchpad to fully-fledged project management tool. But how do you go from just taking notes to running processes, all within Logseq?

On Wednesday, Dario da Silva (OneStutteringMind on YouTube) joined me to talk about workflow design for Logseq. Together we have over a decade experience with designing business processes. We talked for almost 90 minutes, discussing our humble beginnings with our thinking tools of choice all the way to running work processes in Logseq.

How to use Logseq for research

One of the most obvious use cases for thinking tools is academia. In both the Roam and Logseq communities, I've seen lots of cool innovations coming from academics. But basically everyone can benefit from their workflows—even if you're not a teacher or student.

Last week, Cara Antonaccio joined me to show her research workflow. Cara is a PhD candidate in the public health field, and she uses Logseq for her entire research and writing process. If you've been curious about how to use Logseq for digesting input and producing output, this session is a must-watch.

Getting started with networked thinking using Logseq

How do you organize your notes to trigger new insights? Many new note-taking tools promise to not only make finding notes easier but also to derive more value from the connections between notes. However, this way of thinking does not come naturally to everyone.

On March 15, I gave a one-hour presentation at the Second Brain Summit about the basics of outlining, networked thinking, and Logseq. The content is much like the onboarding session I did at the beginning of this year, but this presentation is much more polished. Thank goodness for the power of practice!

An intro to creating Logseq plugins

Aryan Sawhney joined me in February to talk about his coding journey. With a minimal understanding of programming concepts, he taught himself enough JavaScript in a single weekend(!) to create his first Logseq plugin.

In this session we didn't just  talk about best practices to quickly learn to code. Aryan also created a plugin from scratch, live. Be sure to check the video description if you want to dive deeper, as it's chockfull links to useful resources.

Join me for next week's Logseq Office Hours

The second Logseq Office Hours will take place next week Wednesday, April 6th. Share your challenges with me and I'll share possible solutions live. Question and answer sessions like these are the ideal way to break through plateaus in your note-taking practice and to meet like-minded people.

Register here to attend live. Can't make it? Register anyway and I'll send you the recording via email.

Share your questions or suggestions

That's it for this edition! Hit that reply button if you have suggestions for sessions I should run or resources I should share. I'm always looking to connect with fellow professional thinkers and make our lives easier.

Next week I'll be back with another themed newsletter. Lately I've been diving into Edward de Bono's work, and it seems like I'm not the only one doing so in the thinking tools community. If you know of good content about how to think better (especially in combination with digital tools), I'm all ears.

For now, I wish you a wonderful weekend!


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