I’ve thought about Ulysses. It’s where I do my writing. I really like it.
Benjamin Brooks uses it for notes and writing. Though it looks like he’s impressed with the new ios11 notes app…so who knows what he’s doing now.
I do like the simplicity of using one app. I’m just thinking about working split screen on iOS. Also, the images!
The plan that I was going to implement today involved Drafts for capture, Ulysses for writing and DEVONthink as central hub for notes/reference.
DEVONthink would arranged in Three databases:
Personal and professional would be structured with folders. Everything from active project info to meeting notes to lists to reference documents.
Commonplace would be where short notes would go: things that are inspiring, or interesting, or may come in useful someday.
Probably would organize it through tags at first, but maybe folders could emerge as coherent collections start to come together. The beauty would be the lack of structure and seeing what emerges.
Notes going into Commonplace do need to be processed, however. I don’t want it to become a junk drawer of forgotten good intentions the way Evernote did.
In DEVONthink, every database has an Inbox. The Inbox in Commonplace can then act as a clearinghouse. Everything that is collected should be processed from being just collected stuff into knowledge. What does it mean? Why did I collect it? What might it relate to? All of that info may be captured alongside the note. It’ll then be tagged and set loose in the larger collection.
DEVONthink works well for this because having multiple databases nullifies any penalties in search or otherwise that come from collecting tons and tons of shirt notes.
However, I don’t want things to disappear forever without being useful like I saw happen with Evernote. Not easy, but I’d like to make reviewing the contents a regular occurrence. Maybe quarterly? I want this to be a useful collection of knowledge.
In any case…maybe Ulysses could play a larger role. Something to experiment with.