Two discussion I came across while doing some research on the concept commonplace notebook.
Don’t worry about creating the perfect system
“Misdirected optimization is the root of all evil.” Tiago writes.
This is especially true of elaborate systems for tagging, titling, grouping, or cross-referencing notes so that you can retrieve them with total accuracy. Such systems are time-consuming to use, hard to remember, and inevitably flawed. In addition, they actually make it harder for you to spot new connections between notes by locking you into your past thinking.
Tiago Forte on Taking Notes for Creative Thinking via Doug Toft blog
The basic idea is to design a way to get rapid feedback while working on bigger projects. The faster we get feedback that we are moving in the right direction, the more likely we are to continue moving that way. Work for the long-term. Measure your progress for the short-term.
The idea of commonplace notebook, a place where you record important quotes, ideas, books read, plans etc. has caught my attention. This notebook isn’t a journal or a log it’s more of a reference place where you can check things, find inspiration, ponder about life’s purpose and so on.
A good starting point and introduction to commonplace notebook ideas is blow linked blog post:
For the moment I haven’t really settled on a specific workflow to capture things into my commonplace notebook. I’m using plain text files to store them at this moment but I’ve read a lot of compelling arguments in favour of paper for this purpose. It definitely looks more appealing.