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Daily Gardening Workflow

Thinking is hard.

It takes a lot of time to formulate a good thought on a subject. Often times, you don't even know what to think the first time you discover an idea.

You need a system that supports coming back to ideas. Theres 2 main parts to this:

  1. Capturing new thoughts on a related idea

  2. Extracting permanent thoughts from what you've captured

Capturing thoughts is chaotic. What you write down isn't going to be polished. That's ok. It's preferable, really.

You don't have to worry about getting something just right. You're learning! The point is to record the thing that sounds interesting and tag it with topics so that you can come back to it later.

This is the art of the daily note. I create one everyday so I can put whatever is on my mind in there. Its a free for all. Everything goes.

Now comes the review. Every monday morning I review last weeks daily notes. This takes me roughly 15-30 minutes depending on how many notes I took the past week.

This is when I extract useful things out of the chaos. I find that giving myself this buffer time helps judging whether a note is really useful or not.

When I've taken notes or written thoughts on a specific topic, I'll go to that topic page and add the content that I believe will be useful to me in the future. This is a good time to review the content of the permanent notes I am editing to see if I like the state they are in still.

This is how I use digital gardening to enhance my life.