The 4 Notetaking Styles: How to Choose a Digital Notes App as Your Second Brain - Forte Labs - Deepstash
The 4 Notetaking Styles: How to Choose a Digital Notes App as Your Second Brain - Forte Labs

The 4 Notetaking Styles: How to Choose a Digital Notes App as Your Second Brain - Forte Labs

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The 4 Notetaking Styles: How to Choose a Digital Notes App as Your Second Brain - Forte Labs

Your Second Brain

  • Your second brain is a trusted place outside your head to preserve and protect your most valuable knowledge.
  • Digital notes apps are the centrepiece of your Second Brain.
  • You don't choose the right app - a notes app chooses you.
  • Try to force yourself to use a piece of software that isn't compatible with your temperament, style, and personality.

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The Four Notetaking Styles

There are four common styles of notetaking:

  • The Architect: Building Systems. Architects want to fit all their information into an all-encompassing "ultimate system" with a clear hierarchy.
  • The Gardener: Cultivating. Think in a bottom-up way, cultivating many kinds of ideas and possibilities at the same time.
  • The Librarian: Researching for Projects. Librarians value books and ideas for their own sake but also seeking to organize information for specific purposes.
  • The Student: Acquiring Knowledge. The Student is the most common kind of notetaker.

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Your Own Notetaking Style

  • Which of the above descriptions most resonated with your approach to taking notes? Which one felt the most natural and familiar
  • As your confidence builds you can always learn to master the other styles as well.
  • Choose a notes app that aligns with how your brain works.

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