Building My Second Brain
Over the years, I’ve tried pretty much every note and task manager out there. I’ve probably went through nearly 50 of them and even built a couple. There’s something extremely satisfying for me in discovering new tactics for maximising personal productivity.
Counterintuitively, a system that I stayed with for the longest period, was a physical bullet journal. This 1 years worth of tasks and ideas now exists as an artifact on my bookhelf. But this isn’t about physical notetaking, which still has a place in my workflow. It’s just not fast enough for most things I do.
One of my all-time favorite guilty pleasures is indulging in productivity porn. - Marc Andreessen 1
What’s has become increasingly important for my digital work:
- quick entry
- effortless recall
- owning the source text (markdown) off any platforms
- great iOS support - I need to capture the fleeting thoughts when I’m in the line for groceries
- not being tied to pre-defined structure (folders) - our brains don’t work this way
I’ve used Roam Research for a period of time, but due to the lack of great mobile support back then, I dropped it after a couple of months. I also didn’t put much thought into what was worth tagging, what not, which ultimately led to a workspace that wasn’t productive.
The header image shows my second brain after week and a half, let’s see it grow 🧠