Tired of an overstructured system for note-taking? Try heuristics instead

An alternative to complex methods for taking notes

Adolfo Ramírez Corona
5 min readJan 28, 2022

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Let me ask you something.

Which application do you use for note-taking and note-writing?

The Notes app on your phone? Google Keep? Bear, Evernote, Notion, Ulysses, Roam Research…

Is this the same application you were using one year ago? What about two years ago?

Are you finally using one app for all your notes and writing or are you still jumping from one to another every time and then?

And the most relevant question, are you using the same note-taking or note-writing method you were using six months ago? What about one year ago?

Let me tell you something that may be obvious but we take time to accept.

Sooner or later you always lose control of any over structured method or complex system to take notes.

Why? You know why. You change your phone or computer, you like to try another note-taking app, your stop following the method during the weekend, a new project demanded a different note-taking approach, something big changed at work or in life, and after interrupting your routines you didn’t retake the method, system, app, or whatever.

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Adolfo Ramírez Corona

Author, psychotherapist, coach—Human behavior, UX, media & audiences—Father, husband, meditator—Courses & coaching: antifragilewriting.com—More adolforismos.com