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Different digital note-taking styles and apps

Different digital note-taking styles and apps

There is a note-taking app for everyone. But with a new note-taking app popping up every single week, it can be hard to decide which one is the best for your use case.

So hopefully these ideas about the different note-taking styles can help you with that journey.

And remember:

"The more you invest in your note-taking tool, the more value you will get out of it". 


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Things to consider

  • There is no universally perfect note-taking app, and no note-taking app will do the work for you.
  • You can use an intersection of several apps if you need to use two or more of them in combination to achieve your goals.
  • However, it’s better to make a conscious effort to avoid building Frankenstein's monster of a productivity system.
  • Finally, try to not keep on switching note-taking apps too often. The shiny new toy syndrome is real, and the desire to always use the “latest and greatest” will end up wasting lots of your time. 


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Note-Taking Styles

Note-Taking Styles

  • The architect. They enjoy planning, designing processes and frameworks, and need a note-taking tool that allows them to easily structure their ideas.
  • The gardener. They enjoy exploring, connecting various thoughts together, and need a note-taking tool that allows them to easily grow their ideas.
  • The librarian. They enjoy collecting, building a catalogue of resources, and need a note-taking tool that allows them to easily retrieve their ideas.


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Apps for architects

Apps for architects

Architectural note-taking apps rely on a hierarchical structure based on pages and categories. They require a bit of planning to decide whether an idea deserves its own category or its own page.

But once you have made the effort to go through that decision-making and design process, you can keep on re-using your templates for different workflows, which can be great for productivity.

  • Notion
  • Coda
  • Tettra


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Apps for gardeners

Apps for gardeners

Instead of having a template-first approach, they are more akin to the process of simultaneously exploring and building a map.

Non-linear, these apps offer bi-directional linking, allowing you to not only see what a note links to, but what notes link back to it. So you can discover connections between ideas that you may have not made yourself. 

  • Roam Research.
  • Obsidian.
  • Remnote


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Apps for librarians

Apps for librarians

Note-taking apps do not have to be more than a place to store and retrieve information you care about. 

Web clipping, rich formatting, file attachment, tagging, and a way to filter your notes is all you need to quickly save and access what you need.

  • Evernote
  • OneNote
  • Bear


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Choosing the right app

  • Need to store a large amount of mostly static information in order to easily retrieve it later? Evernote 
  • Need to brainstorm new ideas? Obsidian, Remnote
  • Need to organize a large project and manage your productivity? Notion


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