Responding to notetaking entry on Sim Gamboa III’s blog

| emacs

The best system is the one you grow yourself. How do you take notes?

I mindmap a lot. Although mindmapping on paper is a lot of fun,
Freemind‘s keyword shortcuts lets
me mindmap nearly as quickly.

I haven’t opened Freemind in a while, though. Can’t be bothered to
switch out of Emacs. My talks usually start out as text outlines. I
don’t write it all in one swoop. I type random keywords, backtrack,
fill in, rewrite… Sometimes I pull out a sheet of paper and redo my
mindmap there, reorganizing it in the process. When I’m happy with the
sequence, it gets turned into slides.

For random snippets, I use Planner because it’s so easy to blog text
from my current window. People who use web browsers a lot might want
to check out Bloglines,,
QuickNote, and other Web annotation tools.

I think that making it easier to get stuff out of your head is the
first thing you have to do. You can worry about the quality of said
stuff later. ;)

As for the note about extreme programming: you might want to check out
David Allen’s Getting Things Done method. It emphasizes focusing small
accomplishments and reflecting. =)

– Freemind:
– Bloglines:
– QuickNote:

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