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What note taking apps do you use at work/for projects?

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Senior Software Engineer at Airtablea year ago

I was watching a video from a well known note-taking influencer/teacher https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3dDVtJ2sec and was curious what everyone used for note taking. In addition- how do you approach note taking?

For me:

  • Approach:
    • Everything should be based on keyword search
    • I use tags to organize by project GTD style if need be
    • "Librarian style" (see video above)- clip all sorts of things without too much regard to storing
  • Implementation
    • Use evernote for personal notes
    • For personal projects, use Google docs if I need friends to comment (I would prefer quip or paper, but the reality is that the most important thing is to NOT have to inconvenience ppl with new account creation)
    • For structured data, I use Airtable.
      • If I need to display the data in a public way, embed on Medium (see https://bit.ly/tableau-alumni-founders for example
      • If I need to display the data in a semi public way, use Notion's site functionality (not ideal, I would like to ideally embed Airtable within google docs- Quip/Dropbox Paper allows for that)
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    Meta, Pinterest, Kosei
    a year ago

    I am curious on other people's system for this, since I am relatively unsophisticated here. I just use a Google doc for discussions with the Taro team, my YouTube videos, and other projects. I also use physical sticky notes for things I work on day-to-day.

    At Meta, most of the PMs + engs used Quip, so I used that for my "work diary" and some design docs. If you work on a team, the friction of sharing is very real, like you said, so I'd just use what others on the team are using.

    Working at Airtable, I imagine you are able to innovate in a much more meaningful way with regards to how you present data and share it. I like the examples you gave, I need to adopt those over time.

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    Comstock Software, Inc
    a year ago

    I use: RoamResearch.com
    Google Keep looks amazing when my customers use it.

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    Senior Software Engineer [OP]
    Airtable
    a year ago

    @Rahul

    re

    Working at Airtable, I imagine you are able to innovate in a much more meaningful way with regards to how you present data and share it.

    Actually we used Quip until 2020 then switched over to google docs 😅

    It's been cool to see Airtable interfaces used internally though, that's one tool I think basically has no equivalent anywhere else