Plain text in a notepad, with &tags

Among allllll the organization techniques I have tried (thus this website!), this is the one I still use on a daily basis. It is a perfect fit especially for programmers who are used to have a text editor around often.

How does it work? You just have one single big .txt document. Each time you want to write something about a new topic, you start a new paragraph with tags separated with &.


&gear &computer
lenovo T520: ok
change ssd 
mac: sell it next year?

* Organization 101
* 10 useful productivity tools 

&music &playlist &synthpop


Awesome feature: search by tags

This document can easily become huggggge after months / years (I write about everything in this file). You can easily search any topic with a CTRL+F and then type &computer: you'll find all your paragraphs about computers.

Why use this & character? Because it separates paragraphs, and works like hashtags: when searching computer in your text file you would find all occurences of this word (you usually don't want this), whereas when searching &computer you find every block of text "tagged" with this keyword.


Have it handy with just one keyboard shortcut

I create a keyboard shortcut to open this document in your favorite text editor. On my Windows computer, I associated WINDOWS+P with opening my notes.txt document with the freeware AutoHotkey:

#p:: Run "C:\Program Files\Sublime Text\sublime_text.exe" "C:\Documents\notes.txt"

Then you can open this document from anywhere in your computer in 1 second.



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