Please note that these are some quick notes I took out of Ali's video essay. You should watch the full video for additional golden nuggets and the extended version of each idea!_
#1 00:34 Soulmates
There's no such thing as the perfect note-taking app, as there's no such thing as a soulmate.
This is just culture trying to brainwash you.
Compatibility is the achievement of love, rather than its prerequisite - Alain de Botton
There are pros and cons everywhere.
Finding the app that suits your personality and workflow style is the proper thing to do.
This comes through experimentation.
Like in a relationship, you will grow along with the app, love it and learn to master it.
01:39 Personality Archetypes
_cool analogy_ coming from Ness Labs (blog about productivity)
- Notion is for Architects*
They enjoy planning, designing processes and frameworks, and need a note-taking tool that allows them to easily structure their ideas.
- Roam Research/Obsidian/RemNote is for gardeners*
They enjoy exploring, connecting various thoughts together, and need a note-taking tool that allows them to easily grow their ideas.
- Evernote/OneNote is for librarians*
They enjoy collecting, building a catalogue of resources, and need a note-taking tool that allows them to easily retrieve their ideas.
_Ali is more of an Architect_ but he also combines his tools of the trade.
05:08 The Economics of Divorce
This analogy is really cool. Think about a divorce. It is usually messy and chaotic. Same as for switching note-taking apps.
If you suddenly decide to switch apps, there's going to be a cost involved. Always ask yourself: _Is the switching cost worth it?_
Always think about the system that works for your.
06:22 Meaningless Sex
Meaningless sex is unfulfilling. Moving from one person to another and all that jazz.
Same for note-taking apps. Trying to find the perfect one won't lead you anywhere.
07:33 Polyamorous Relationships
Polyamorous Relationships almost never work out.
This is not the case for note-taking apps.
Think about being a craftsman having a well-designed kit of tools.
You can pick the tool you want based on your needs. The tools will work together in a symbiotic relationship that will ultimately help you achieve your desired outcome.
Thanks for reading!
Please note that these are some quick notes I took out of Ali's video essay. You should watch the full video for additional golden nuggets and the extended version of each idea!
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Have a great day ahead!