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Note-taking and retaining information


One of the things I struggle with the most is note-taking: I can’t do it during meetings because then I’m distracted by the writing and not, you know, participating. So I end up not doing it at all, and then I have absolutely no record of what was said and often forget things.

I’m going to try to improve this, hopefully with a decent set up that works for me. I quite like writing in Markdown, purely because I know how to be productive with it (unless I need to add a link, in which case I will get the square braces and parentheses the wrong way round 100% of the time). So my plan is to use Obsidian to take my notes, mostly because I’ve seen people write good things about it, and at the end of the day it’s a text editor pointed at a directory, so it’s easy to set up.

I’m not going to take notes during meetings, but I will set aside 5 minutes after each meeting to write up my thoughts while they’re fresh. I’m also going to try and write down anything I learn while working on a project/with a service, in the hope that I’ll be able to share it with others and it be useful.

Plus, because I’m producing Markdown files, if I decide I want to scratch an itch I could build myself a little Wiki site using Eleventy. Because I’m nothing if not great at overcomplicating my personal tech stack.

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I'm Lewis Dale, a software engineer and web developer based in the UK. I write about writing software, silly projects, and cycling. A lot of cycling. Too much, maybe.