Building My Second Brain

second brain graph

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:

  1. quick entry
  2. effortless recall
  3. owning the source text (markdown) off any platforms
  4. great iOS support - I need to capture the fleeting thoughts when I’m in the line for groceries
  5. 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.

I’m halfway through Building a Second Brain by Tiago Forte and giving it a second attempt, now in Loqseq.

The header image shows my second brain after week and a half, let’s see it grow 🧠

  1. Marc Andreessen’s Guide to Personal Productivity from 2017↩︎

March 11, 2023