evolution of the ecosystem

This note is a quick overview of how I got to my digital ecosystem after documenting what I need in a digital workspace.

Originally, Ulysses was for long form writing, Bear was for notes, and Things was for tasks.

Then I learned about how Tools for managing information overload and improving how we think are on the rise and have been experimenting with all the newcomers to the space.

In early 2020, I started experimenting with Roam Research to see how it might fit with my brain. I was stunned. Immediately I saw the potential of this brilliantly simple-yet-powerful piece of software. Though turns out, it wasn’t the best at what it did — it just paved the way for all the new Tools for Thought.

Originally I thought Bear is for networked thinking, but when I started Tinkering with Roam Research, I quickly saw how it might actually end up replacing most of my personal stack.

I experimented with streamlining into Craft and Things, though recently have decided Notion is my workspace now, as it’s wonderful at structuring knowledge, data, and information, while meeting what I need in a digital workspace.

Now, my digital ecosystem is focused on key apps that handle 95% of my work: Drafts, Obsidian, Notion, Things

Others come in from time to time, as A knowledge worker’s toolkit needs to be well-rounded, but I’ve been working to simplify, so here we are.

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