It’s been a minute since the last time I took stock of my notetaking/productivity apps, so here’s where I stand currently:
- I still use paper. The reporter’s notebook I got last Christmas is good for my occasional work-based bullet journaling.
- Feedly has been my RSS reader of choice for years now. To further declutter my email inbox, I also use Feedly to follow many email newsletters (shout-out to Substack and Buttondown for their RSS-friendly design; boooooo Mailchimp).
- I went deeper into WorkFlowy, which has remained delightfully clean and minimalist even while adding a bunch of new features. I transferred my Book Notes & Quotes there, along with old conference session notes and other reference things that fit as bulleted lists.
- Once I realized my files were awkwardly split between Google Drive and Dropbox, I decided to commit more fully to the former and put the latter on ice. Once essential, Dropbox now seems superfluous.
- I stopped using Simplenote because other tools filled its role, and Apple Reminders because its syncing sucks.
- I started paying for 50GB of iCloud last year before I upgraded to a new iPhone, mostly for photo backup.
- I use the Office 365 suite for work. It’s fine.
- My calendar situation remains annoyingly bifurcated between Google for personal and Outlook for work. The only place all my events appear together seamlessly is in the iOS Calendar app, which isn’t ideal.
See my other “of the moment” series.