Derek Sievers shares his approach to journaling and recording your thinking
Benefits of a daily diary and topic journals
For me regular journaling works better on paper but topic journals are great way to capture thoughts and ideas on topics that may be more random and scattered.
I definitely agree with recording thoughts in .txt to ensure long term accessibility.
One thing I’d add is light formatting using markdown syntax.
The counterintuitive insight from all of this research is that the best way to change your entire life is by not changing your entire life. Instead, it is best to focus on one specific habit, work on it until you master it, and make it an automatic part of your daily life. Then, repeat the process for the next habit.
The Scientific Argument for Mastering One Thing at a Time
So obvious but so difficult to apply.
What is your method for reading/receiving information that you actually internalize and retain?
Unfortunately there is no silver bullet and all methods take time.
Possibly the most effective methods include reading more on the topic, writing notes and thoughts.