Intro to my Note-taking series

Intro into my series on note-taking platforms. What's out there, and what I use.

a year ago

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Academia like many other areas of life the ability to take notes in a manner that will help your workflow and general experiences is incredibly important. I have used so many different platforms to try and help my personal as well as academic workflows. Evernote, OneNote, Google Keep Notes, Turtl, Simplenote, Nimbus Note, Notes by Firefox, Notion as well as most recently Standard Notes.

So in the next few posts, I'm going to walk you through why I chose what I did and just explore what these platforms cost, can do and why you might want to use them.

To start of things though it's important to recognise that there are multiple types of note-taking platforms. Platforms that want you to treat them as repositories of your information like Evernote or Onenote, or more simple text-editors like Standard Notes. The other major issue you need to take into account is price. Does it need to be free or are you willing to pay for the privilege. For the most I am a firm believer in the notion that if you aren't paying money for the service, you are paying for it in other ways. Some of the platforms on this list use a freemium system whereby they give you a basic version for free and you need to pay for more advanced features.

I have personally used all of these platforms for varying lengths of time and some of them are currently in my workflow rotation. At the moment I am using Onenote, Notion, with a bit of Evernote thrown in and am heavily trialling Standard Notes. Evernote used to be quite high on my list, and to be honest it still has one of the best Web clipper extensions. You'll find out the rest over the next few posts.

Stay curious,


Björn Rostron

Published a year ago