my digital ecosystem
I have a fascination with systems, networks, and automation. I’m a systems nerd perpetually iterating on my personal systems for writing, working, learning, and managing digital data, files, and knowledge.
I also have a passion for everything nature and outdoors. Permaculture, farming, ecosystems, environmentalism—I believe in the connection between humans and the earth, and always find myself thinking about the relationship between entities, wondering about the role each entity might play in connection to a larger system.
Early in 2020 I discovered a community of folks passionate about building their own personal wikis, productivity systems, and digital gardens. Several community members also share a love of permaculture and systems thinking. I was hooked.
The result of many conversations within this community led me to make note how I want somewhere to be My Workspace™.
A knowledge worker’s toolkit needs to be well-rounded, so after much experimentation and exploration of new practices and tools, I’ve made significant improvements to my learning and knowledge management system. It’s considered a work in progress, however, as it’s always being iterated on and improved as my needs evolve and change.
As of May 2021, I’ve committed myself to two main tools: Things and Craft. The goal is to handle 90% of my workload within those two tools. Time will tell…
While this ecosystem is intended to facilitate writing, I’ve come to learn that It’s not a writing system, it’s a thinking system whose byproduct is writing.
Here’s what I’m working with right now
- Craft is my workspace for (mostly) private, messy, diverse types of work
- Obsidian is for building my body of work and tending my digital garden
- Drafts is for immediate note capture
- Things is for getting shit done
- Evernote is for long-term storage
- Whimsical is for visual thinking
- Day One is for personal journaling since 2013
- Readwise is for resurfacing once-valued knowledge and wisdom
- The nerdy side of me: Alfred is for automation and central control
- Experimental: Roam is for collecting the internet
ObsidianCraft as my main note-taking, writing, and thinking environment
Each app serves a discrete and distinguished purpose within my digital ecosystem. (👇🏻 visual needs updating as of April 29, 2021 since Roam and Notion are gone)
Most of these apps can be deeplinked to one another from any other app, so relevant notes and information are almost always a click away if I make sure to include those links.
That said…how amazing would it be to see all the multidirectional links across apps? Evernote could show you all the related journals in Day One, tasks in Things, and research in Roam. Bidirectional links between apps would greatly improve interoperability of concepts and ideas.
It’s been a long evolution of the ecosystem, and hopefully I’m at a comfortable place where I can focus more on the work than on the system.
If you would like to setup your own digital garden, I wrote a note on how mine is made through my Obsidian Jekyll workflow.