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Roam Research Made Easy

Rui Zhi Dong, Note Taking Geek

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16 Lessons (1h 21m)
    • 1. Introduction to Roam Research Course

    • 2. MetaData

    • 3. Roam Shortcuts

    • 4. Daily Task Management

    • 5. Roam Useful Hacks

    • 6. Daily Routine and Habits

    • 7. Roam Mentions Function

    • 8. Overcome Procrastination with Roam

    • 9. Roam Research Bi Directional Links

    • 10. Checklists for Roam

    • 11. Note Taking Part 1

    • 12. Note Taking Part 2 -- Fleeting Notes

    • 13. Note Taking Part 3 -- Literature Notes

    • 14. Note Taking Part 4 -- Permanent and Evergreen

    • 15. Benefit of zettelkasten

    • 16. +Roam

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About This Class

Roam Research is the king of note taking apps. It's caught on rapidly in 2020 as more and more people discover the power of Roam.

In this course, I will teach you how to make the most of Roam Research.

It's an amazing tool that will help you:

  • Refer to the information you need when you need it most

  • Easy reference

  • Make you more creative

  • Manage your tasks


1. Introduction to Roam Research Course: Hi there. And thank you for purchasing this ultimate guide. Teoh Rome Research. Eso In this course, I'm gonna show you Aled, The major features of Rome research and the different use case scenarios. Teoh take advantage of all these features and they're arranged across different topics, including have a tracking ideas, knowledge, management, writing and, ah, crm project management as well. And if you have any questions at all, please just let me know. And I hope you enjoy this course. Thank you. 2. MetaData: Hey, guys, in this video, I'm gonna be talking about meta data and meta data is just literally data about data, and we'll be using meta data to structure Theo inputs that we put into room research. And it's a useful way for us toe systematically categorize the data that we're working with , and just to ensure that were able to find the information that we're looking for when we need to find them. So I've set thistle eso If I write shift, click on metadata, it brings the sidebar up. And right now I've just started reading a book called The Art of Doing Science and Engineering, which seems like a great book so far. And I've heard a lot of good things about it, too. And so I created this page just now and then. What I would like to do is I'll just copy and paste this section here, and I know that this is the format that I typically use for books, and this just means that I don't have toe type these things along the time. Um, and the way that usually do it is I'll actually we just got back, so I'll type in meta data first, and then I'll choose the structure that makes the most sense or the one that is most relevant to it. And in this case, I take that back here. So this book is written by Richard coming and the source off. The book, in this case is Amazon. But you can put in a difference link, or if you have the way to the book itself as well, I will sometimes put it here. So, for example, if I have a PdF or newsletter or something I might like directly to the source there in this case, I'll just write Amazon and I'll get rid of all these reference, which is not necessary on then the tags. So I haven't eso as you're going through the book or when you're adding the book at the beginning. You can just have book summaries here initially and then add the relevant tags as you go along. You don't need to populate Aled, the relevant. So the tags initially and then you can make your summary notes as you go along. So you'll see here that I've got a bunch off categories so once for YouTube. Another one's for books, articles, projects, goals and people on, and I find that this is very useful toe have generally 3. Roam Shortcuts: Hey, guys, In this tutorial, we're gonna go over navigation and keyboard shortcuts, which are so peaceful to supercharge your productivity when you're using room research. So in terms of navigation, there's really only a few places to go. So one is your daily notes, which they updates daily. So if I go here, you'll see that we'll go to during eighth and then the graph overview, which will show you all of the notes that you have and the way they're linked and the clusters as well. Old pages which will show you all of your pages. And the really useful thing with this one is that I will show you the word count. How often has been linked to That's the mentions here when it was updated and when they were created, and you can also sort them by each of these categories. So now on to our keyboard shortcut. So too bold a word or sentence. It's just command be toe highlight is command H toe. Zoom in and out is by doing command periods or command comma. So to zoom in is command period. To zoom out is command comma. Now let's move on to the next one collapse Expand. That's just command up and command down. Ah, selecting blocks. That's shift and up and shift down so we can do this. And we can all just like this entire thing, like so, um, moving the cursor. Oh, slicked by pots, that's Ah Olt shift and left an old shift and right and then moving the cursor to the start . In the end, it's just control a and control e headings. It's just a command old one command or two and command old three. So they're super useful toe have, um, Toe link. Something is just command k so like this. And then you can write google google dot com, um to do done So this is just command and enter. So you'll see that shifts between the two. It's outdoor like this and do it again. It's like this right sidebar. So you just shift click on something that's linked, and then it will load up here on I can shift click on this one here, and then it will load another round of things here on the side bar. Tuggle bracket Displace. This one is a little bit buggy. Sometimes it doesn't always work But it's control, See, and you'll see that president that they would go and you'll see that it shows the brackets here. If I press it again, it will eventually not show the brackets. There you go. And finally we have toe Tuggle board points. So on any of the selections you can right click, and this will give you the options off, which can do here. So you've also got a lot of the smaller options. But I prefer to use keyboard shortcuts, since it's usually foster to do it that way. Now, to find more options, there's this help bar where you can see all the other shortcuts that you can play around with, and you can also do forward slash, and this will give you a lot more options. Teoh, check out, and just to see what else is available, eso encourage you to sort of look through these. This does get updated. So this does change periodically, which is nice and yes, and I hope you enjoy this tutorial 4. Daily Task Management: Hey, guys, in this video, I'm going to go over How amusing room research for daily task management. So when I set the day off, I'll type in and daily things to do. And that will load up a bunch of sub categories, which will include daily routine, daily log, daily gratitude, daily exercise and a daily tusk list So this will create will have its own set of sub task . So for daily routine, I consider these just daily habits that I want to sort of keep track of, or just metrics that I want to keep track up. So, for example, how many coffees I've had, how much sleep I've had, and these are all just slide of functions so you can just move the slider bars around. And also I want to keep track of how many wrote notes. I'm adding to room. I want to get into the habit of adding more nerds, and then these are just sort of checklist. So whether or not read with not, um, writing an article and so on but daily gratitude, I just right three things that I'm grateful for every day on. Then, after I write these things that I will check this off and in terms of daily task management , generally, I liked, uh borrows from the ideas from Bullet Journal. So they have three categories one tusks, so things that you have to do then you have notes which are things that you don't want to forget. And then you've got events which are noteworthy moments in time. So the way that I've structure it is eso. First, we've got the daily routine to these are things that don't change that much on a day to day basis and things that you don't wanna have to think of every single time on. So there's These are things that are repetitive and then daily logs are what would be turned events in the bullet journal. Andi, these can be things like today's times. Last day at work watched this TV show walked home to clear heads. So in this case, I'll be trade. I decided to take a walk in the park and meditated, Go talk and meditate on, and so that that will be events. And then it will also be attended. A birthday party over zoom now for tasks the way that I like to do things is I'll have everything congested under daily to do lists. And I've got a bunch of prompts here to go over the to remind me of how I want to organize and prioritize my tasks. And this is something I like to start my day with. So the first thing that I will do is look at the things that I've got left over from last night, and I'll also scan my emails. I'll make sure that as I'm going through the to do lists that I don't get tempted by little tasks because sometimes it's very easy to just reply to an email. Here, do a little bit of this other thing. There may be fixed. You fix a bug here, fix a Web page update, the Web page or whatever, and you can quickly get bogged down and, uh, go on like that forever and loose size off what the most important things to do for that day for the day is so what you really want to do is just, um, is just have ah, have a high level Andi. Just see, see things from sort of a bird's eye point of view and figure out. What are the things that are very important? And one of the questions that I like to ask myself is whether or not which of these tasks are the things that will move the needle. Which of them the 20% that generates 80% off the results and on that can be results either and the positive or the negative. So when the negative it will be, If I don't do this something, then there will be a fairly large negative consequence. Then that's something that also needs to be prioritized S O. This is a really useful exercise, just sort of salt through the tusks and just figure out what what the most important things for the day should be. And the whole thing as well is just keeping in mind which a long term goal is. Andi. Typically, the things that you're doing day they basis, they're not urgent to achieve that long term goals are, For example, if I wanted to have really large glug in terms of getting ranked on Google and getting a lot of traffic, then it's not about turning out 1000 article today. It's about publishing one article a day for example, Andi, or doing on a weekly basis and really will research articles on DSO. So what I'm saying is that these air things that are not necessarily urgent but they do make a really big difference and typically the biggest difference over the long run on. So this is something that s so these things which are important but not urgent, the things that I like to prioritize in the day and then move on to things which her not just sort of important, but also urgent as well. So statue, they offer things that are not deserving because typically they will get lost in the day, in the sort of in the and all the things that are usually more urgent on. Then move on toe the rest of those things. So I hope you enjoy this video and I'll see you in the next one 5. Roam Useful Hacks: Hey, guys, in this video, I'm going to go over some of the cool features that you can use inside of Rome. Research on will set off with the timer eso This was pretty self explanatory. You just type in to curly brackets and then timer, and then that will start the time automatically. You can pause it and started. If you click on the road, it will restart the time. And Yep, Then you've got the Pomodoro. So for this one, you just too curly brackets and then promo. And then once you hit start that will start the time of for 25 minutes and then followed by a five minute rest eso You'll see that I've got a bunch of these other timers End me Clicking on the roads does not affect the timing off the clock, so keep the timer running. Now we've got the combine booed So this is a feature that got updated, and I'll talk more about it in terms off how I use it for weekly task management. But you can also use these for product management as well. And also, for example, now I've got this set up as no idea working on and then done, and you can move these back and forth between the different columns. But I can also have this set up as a project. Actually, I just set a new one. So it's like this. So it's come month and then I'd say We've got one which is personal on then another one, which is business and therefore the personal might be to watch YouTube videos and then personal that might be too out reached two new prospects, and then I can also make this to do as well on. Then that can be sort of a checked off like so. And, uh so that's the combine boards. Now the diagram eso the diagrams are a good way to kinda have your ideas or to brainstorm things in a visual way. And you conform at them the same way as you would tip you that you normally do on Rome research so you can have it bold, erred or knots. You can change the size of the Fonz eso let me show you how the diagrams made We'll just go here and then to curly bracket someone diagram and then blow here, weaken se eso We can brainstorm, for example, eso from research in motion. Um, realm note obsidian. And then we can sort of bold this one. We can make this one which bigger We can also build this one as well. And then we can also make this a full screen. And then we can also shift these around on. We can also change the size of the boxes. And then we can also shit that these around to a slow bit weird that the text is kind of hanging, caring back. Okay, so, uh, this one is the come bun. Okay, so this one is the diagram now it's, uh good. Now it's good back. Eso the other feature that we have is okay, so now the other ones that we have, we got the word count. So if you're writing on article or something and you want to know how many words you've written there, then it's just too curly brackets, and then we'll work count, and then you can type, like so on. Each of some sort of gets out of here and weaken. Get rid of those. And now we have options. So options eyes literally, just or and then you type in what your options are, So option A and then option B on an option C and then it will create a drop down box. And then you can truth these options, which gets saved here. Okay, so now we've gone in here at the table, another very useful function toe have. So you'll see here. They've already created on expenses table. So to do that, it's literally just having in table. And then let's say and we type in expenses and then we in dense and then create the amounts . And then the few dates and I wouldn't keep on going. So likes something, something else. And then we go back to the original indentation here, and we type in the actual expense items. So in this case, we can say now, notion expenses. Let's say five. Let's say it's due on June 10 on, and let's say this is a notes to do something comment, comment, and then we can also have a lot These highlight, uh, we're gonna have Waltham Boldin's. Now we'll move onto calculations eso with calculations you type in to curly brackets and then Kellock, and then the actual calculation that you want to do so you can make 100 plus five. That'll do the calculation. You can also put things inside of brackets. Eso You can do it like this and then multiplied by five or something again and then got the calculation here. So I hope you found this video useful and I will see you in the next one. 6. Daily Routine and Habits: Hey, guys, in this video, I'm going to show you how I'm using brown toe handle my daily routine. Eso I like toe have all these things to do on a daily basis, but I don't want to sort of type hold them in. So I've got them all house in this daily things to do, and I'll just copy all of the things that's house in here from this place. And then on then some of these will have Mawr's more things in the daily routine. I've got a lot these things that I like to track off. So, um, so how much sleep that I get? Last night it was seven hours. How many coffees if I had so far in the day? It's two. And then I'll increase this as time goes along. Um, and ah, and then whether I read today what I've meditated sound so forth. This is for intimate fasting. So, um, I'll count how many hours I have not reasonable, and I like to skip the first meal, so I usually have my last meal at midnight, and that's probably quite late, but I also sleep very late as well on I tried to have 16 hours from my last meal so daringly. If I hit six account 10 plus this, then it means that I've done what I wanted to do and then to meditate, read, write articles, do my daily gratitude to the daily gratitude. I will just create them as the re separate things here on then. The daily list of things to do go here is well. 7. Roam Mentions Function: Hey, guys, in this video, I'm going to go over the mentions function in room research, and you can access that just by typing and Ford slash mentions, and you can use it to reference either blocks or pages, so it will show you all the mentioned off that page or block on displayed wherever you have that function. So in my case, I'll type in Ray Dalio, and it will show you the mentions here displayed inside the page. And this is really useful if you don't want to have toe navigate to that page because you're working on something on another release for way to use it is for the daily to do's. So I mentioned in the different video that I like to scan over the things which I have set the previous night on determine what the most important things for today are. And another thing that I like to look at our any previous. So not only the ones that I've said last night, but any other things I've set out to do. But I still haven't done just to make sure that nothing gets sort of lost in the cracks, and this is a great way just that filter through the things that need to get down. So too do that. I literally just mentions and then typing to do, which is the page. And then it will show me all the mentions for the father to do that hasn't been checked off on dive. Also put a filter here to remove the daily things to do and the daily to do lists because those are just things my daily activities that are my routine things like daily Woakes, daily gratitude and things like that. And I don't need to see whether or not those things weren't done, since they're not sort of pending things that just sort of daily track is that I wanna make sure that I get done on a daily basis. So I hope you've enjoyed this video and I'll see him the next one 8. Overcome Procrastination with Roam: Hey, guys, in this view, I'm gonna share with you a few of the ways that I'm dealing with procrastination, and it's something. But I deal with quite regularly, and I like to sort of refer to a few of these things whenever I'm feeling like I'm about to progress tonight. So one of the first things is generally and using the daily log. So I find that just getting into the habit off starting the day off with writing in the daily log is Get my mind into the right state. So some of the questions that I might ask myself includes stuff like how my feeling, What is that I actually feel like doing? Maybe I feel like reading a book. Maybe I feel like listening to a podcast. Whatever it is, just write down whatever those thoughts are as well. Write those things down, and when you are doing these things, you get yourself into this active modes where your, um, where you're sort of putting your mind into a focus ST. And once you get into this flow and things air coming out. So maybe I'm like I feel like reading, seeking wisdom and learning more about Charles Darwin and how? Hey Waas taking notes. Hey, was a very prolific note taker, which apparently was a big reason for how he discovered evolution generally. So what's the environment like? How is it? Is it it doesn't feel conducive for thinking for working Onda. Is there anything that you can do to change that environment? Maybe, like some settings will help you be more productive and all the settings less. Maybe people for very crowded environments. Very noisy environments maybe prefer very quiet ones. Eso These are things that you can write about and just talking about writing generally. Luminess once said that writing is not the outcome off thinking, but rather is the medium with which thinking takes place. So I think writing as a tool generally is just very effective for gathering your thoughts and also for getting yourself into a productive state of mines. The second thing is eyes thinking about old, the ways with which you tend to procrastinate. So when you're writing in your journal about how you feeling all these things, this will come out. But my lists includes stuff like watching Netflix. Um, you know, Instagram, Facebook, twitter, e mails they put you into this reactive state. Any messaging APS like messenger? What's happened, as well as the instagram besting creature they will also get me into the mindset will take me away from wherever it is that I want to do. Eating heavy food after heavy foods. I feel like I'm going into a slump, and I felt like I'll lose energy and I really just don't feel like doing anything after having heavy food. Eso Once you figure out some old things that you should avoid, I think it's useful just to keep those in mind so that when you are feeling like you wants a progress in eight that you can, you can keep a mental notes to avoid those things on, just to make sure that you stay away from them. Because once you sort of get into it, then it's harder than you have to exercise more will to try and stop doing those things. So it's better to just avoid those things in the first place on. Do you want me to exert as much effort to avoid those things than once you're actually in the loop and then you know, so once you start a series on Netflix or once you start getting into emails, then you have to kind of remind yourself, tow away. I'm getting into this sort of. But it doesn't that really makes things kind of just worse and consumes more energy. Toe Stop doing most things. The third thing is to ask yourself the question. How can I make this easy? So what's the smallest possible thing that you can do? Toe get started? So one thing might be that. Okay, if you need toe, write a book, then, uh, let's say that you're really progressing this book, and what's the smallest possible thing that's come do right now? Maybe it's reading an article related to the book as part of the research process and taking notes on the book in room research. Maybe it's just adding one sentence, too, to that book project, and that would be a very, very small. And, I think you know easily accomplish herbal task to Dio. So when you break things down into its smallest possible component, it doesn't feel so scary to your brain. It seems much more achievable, and then once you get into it, it stops being this like huge product that you have to do. And instead it becomes something that seems suddenly more achievable. And then it kind of starts this cascading effect where, where it feels like you can then move onto the next thing than to the next thing, the next thing. And you start this kind of chain effect so that makes this whole process much easier and hopefully gets the ball roll ball rolling. So 20 stop writing that one sentence and then you were like, Hey, this is pretty easy. Maybe I'll write the second sentence and then maybe I'll write the third sentence and so on and so forth. The fourth thing is to follow your interest. So if you are working on writing something, then on you don't feel like working on that specific project, then you condone figure out, ask yourself, What is it that I actually feel like doing? What is it that I'm interested in pursuing right now and so looming who developed the little custom system would basically just work on something differently. And it said that he had never, ever got bored because Heywood and he never, ever felt like he was forced toe do something. He was mawr working on the things that appealed to him. Naturally, at that time, it's very difficult to be working on anything that you're not naturally interested in. If you feel like you have to constantly force yourself to do something than at some stage, you'll start to sort of hate what you're doing, and you'll probably burn out as well. Where's with Bloomin? It felt somewhat effortless because he could just shift project. So he was constantly working on different manuscripts a same time, which is how he became so prolific and on a zoo saying this quote. But he never actually encountered any mental blockages. So the idea here is really just a take but part of least resistance resistance. So when you're not feeling like you are wanting toe work on that specific project, don't fight that feeling and said, Go with the feeling off whatever it is that you actually want to. So wherever your interest takes you and work on that on, then you can go back to whatever that the product you're working on is so eso maybe this is not always gonna be realistic. Approach may be I got a job. Maybe you've got on exam or paper that you have to submit, in which case you can use the carrot and stick approach eso the way that for me, my sort of character, the things that really love our coffee, sauna and like eating generally. So these are things that will incorporate into my reward system. And so if I if I haven't done, let's say, one hour off productive work, then I won't allow myself to get another coffee until I've done at least that our productive work. If I'm scrawling on Facebook from doing, you know, if I was going to Twitter, whatever. That doesn't count towards that one hour. And so I need to be very sort of clear with myself about what that our productive work is on. And it's good to just think about what it is that if it's if it's reading, if it's no taking, whatever the activity is, it's good to be clear about what that productivity or that productive work I should look like to you so that you can actually measure it. It's obvious that if you're watching Netflix, if you are Facebook and scram, whatever that time, obviously doesn't count. So that's the kind of carrot and stick approach. So I'll force myself. I'll deny myself the coffee. And so once I run of coffee and then I'm like, Oh, I still haven't done that our productive work kind of force, My That will be for me the, um the stick or the pain that forces me Teoh work on whatever it is that I need to work on , and then once only once I've done that, then I'll let myself get up, get coffee, come back and then continue working and then basically going through that same process and just iterated through that. So I hope you've enjoyed this video and I'll see on the next one. 9. Roam Research Bi Directional Links: Hey, guys, In this video, I'm gonna be talking about one of the cool features of room research, which is bi directional links. So I'd say that this feature is probably one of the biggest reasons why room has become so popular. And at its core, it's actually very simple. You can just write any word on the page, so I'll just write a cold new feature. And now this has become a link, and it's also a page with all the references coming up here, the threat. And while this on the surface may not seem that powerful, useful, you'll see that. For example, once you start populating pages with the relevant tags on you, think about the context in which you want certain ideas to be found. Then you can start to skid, an idea of how useful I convey. So I created this page for the little costume. I have sums of notes here around little custom, and these are some of the places where I've referenced the little costume. And, uh, this year is a quote that eyes from Olga's up called flights, which is a great book, and I really like this quote, which is it was clear that such an enormous stock of knowledge could not be put in order. It had instead the form of a sponge off deep sea corals growing over years until they started to create the most fantastic forms. This was knowledge that had already attained critical mass and had since cross over into some other state. It appeared to reproduce toe, multiply, toe organizing complex and binary forms. Associations traveled down unusual routes. Likenesses were found in the least expected versions. So I think this is a great way to a beautiful way. Teoh talk about how connections your connections can be made, which is why I have this. Your networks tag and also is it'll cost because when you have a critical mass of ideas that developed within the little custom method, then you start getting unexpected and very nice new ideas and connections that form 10. Checklists for Roam: Hey guys, on this fear, I wanted to share with you one thing which has helped me a lot in getting stuff done and also just improving my effectiveness in getting stuff done. And it's a simple, simple thing, which is checklists. So you'll see here that in my daily routine, I've got a bunch of things there. Check off eso on a daily basis. I want to meditate, read by Michael on someone and by themselves on my BZ says, Remember all these things, But when you've got a whole bunch of things that you want to do, sometimes you'll forget one or two or more than those things. And so it's really useful, like fine, just keep them all there and having them only one place. So that's it's sort of top of mine, and I don't need to really sort of think about so much, and I find that generally it's useful when this process. So there are multiple steps involved in getting the results that you want eso, for example. The most obvious one is, if you're a pilot on, you need toe check a whole bunch of things on. You've got a lot of lives ATT's steak, then having errors as a result off. Um, forgetting one of two things is obviously not acceptable, which is why checklist there are so effective and when I've started a new page for checklists, which is still a work in progress. But you'll see that, for example, copyrighting, I've got a bunch of questions that I like to ask for headlines. I've got a bunch off, um, resources here. So, for example, I got these power words that, um are very useful to keep in mind when writing headlines because they're usually eye catching a bit more emotional on. You're more likely to capture the attention of your readers when your, uh, when you have it in your headline, when people are scrolling across content and I've got here. Also Breakthrough Advertising by Eugene Schwartz, which is a great book with a bunch off tips on how you can strengthen the headline and it's going back here and then search intent. So these are literally just keywords that are grouped into different categories on the categories are grouped by the search intent on these air. Good when you're writing articles for Seo purposes and the's are good sort of keywords toe having the title depending on what you're sort of targeting on. And there's also this one here, which is a, um, which is a headline analyzes. So once you've got your headline in place, get it analyzed here and they'll give you a score. What they think how good they think your headline is now, this isn't a checklist per se, but these. They're sort of items that I like to go through when I'm coming up with headlines and I find that to be, they're useful when coming up with these things. It's kind of like a resource that I know I want to refer to when I'm coming up with headlines and eso let me just go back to the headlines checklist actually will go back to the original and so I can show you what else I've been working on. So you'll see that I'm working on eso digital marketing generally within digital marketing . I've got Facebook marketing and then I've got check this for everything that I want for Facebook ad campaign to, for example, in the ad, I want tohave images and videos within one had group, and that for the landing page. I want to make sure that certain elements of their and then similar processes for for Amazon seller account and for Shopify stores. So I hope you found this useful. And please subscribe to my channel If you'd like to get Mawr such videos. Thank you. 11. Note Taking Part 1: Hey, guys, in this video, I'm gonna be talking about no taking. Generally eso when you're taking notes, make it really useful exercise to consider why you're taking those notes. What the purposes are you doing it for understanding a doing it to learn a skill like toe, learn about software or to learn how to do digital marketing? Are you doing to improve something? So, for example, a process on a company. You doing it because you think that you might, uh, it might be useful piece of information to have a book or paper. That's my quite in the future. Are you doing it for an exam? S o. I think once you have a good understanding off why you're taking the notes, you could be much more effective on focused in your note taking. And it can also guide you in terms of thinking about how you should be taken with its generally toe. Nothing as well is that despite Rome, sort of mirroring how brain works on the linkages between the neurons, which is kind of what by linking is about. It's doesn't necessarily, um, come to us intuitively if you especially if you've been working with the system or software like every night and work Floyd for a long time. Your now sort of forced to think about how to structure the information and how to relate that information. So considering that, I think it's a good idea just to keep top of mind, some questions to ask yourself eso considering So we knew in putting new information, I think just having top of mine questions like, How does this information relate to what I already know? That the contradict the information that I know and have, maybe on room Does it? Does it? Does it help me toe come up with new ideas of the similarities, differences? A. What would remain for the information that I already have some stuff like that? And I think that once on also what's not there, I zone information that in whatever it is that you're sort of considering, is that something that's missing there? So I think these are things that can really sort of when you're thinking about structuring information and also linking information with him room. It's good to think about these things, so that s O that you are not just sort of mindlessly put information in, but that you're relating in linking information and thinking critically about that about any new information that you put it. 12. Note Taking Part 2 -- Fleeting Notes: Hey, guys, in this video, I'm gonna be talking about fleeting notes, which is a concept out of the little costing system. If you want to learn more about these little costume, I've got a video on that eso. The way that I like to think about fleeting notes are the kind of notes that I'm taking on the go. So if I'm out walking on, I'm listening to a podcast and hear something very interesting or something that I want to keep reference for future. Then I'll usually type it into Apple Notes on. And if it's something more extensive or if it's triggered more ideas, or if I want to make commentary or if I want to just outlined my faults generally on it, then I find it a little bit too tedious toe capital in while I'm walking. So then I'll load up water where I can recorded as a voice message and then order will transcribe it into text, and then I can process that a text later on. Uh, the other times are also when, for example, I'm watching a video on YouTube. Or maybe if you're at a lecture on and I don't like to break the flow of things. I don't like to keep on pressing play. Poets play pose. I like toe. My personal preference is to problem is to tie everything down all at once and then go back over my notes and then on, then process its structure, the information, summarize it, think about how it relates to my other notes on and, you know, antagonisms and all those things. So, um and then the final one is when I'm, uh When I'm lying in bed, I'm reading a book or the newsletter or email whatever on my iPhone or iPads and on. And there's something interesting there. There are running toe. Then I don't really feel like typing into Apple notes and said, Well, do is I'll just take Screenshots off the book or whatever it is that I'm reading, and I'll process the screenshot later on now, in terms of processing. Ideally, I'd be doing it daily because over time you might forget the context. So if I look at just one line from in that promotes, you know, six months ago, something then I would probably forget the reason why I took that note and what I wantedto relate that note to Onda. Second reason for like at least regular processing is if you're taking Screenshots like I do off books and stuff, then it might get lost in the old bucket because on on the iPhone, your screenshots are combined with all of your other photos and you may not. And then later on, they may start to lose usefulness. The screenshot. If you even remember toe, look at it again. Eso. So it's a good idea to try and process them those notes when you've got the entire context more or less fresh in your mind and so you can do it within a day or two. I think that's the kind of ideal ideal scenario now in terms of the way that I'm processing , so I'll show you my screen shot first. So this is from a book that I was reading the other nights called The Star Principle. And sometimes I'll do like outline on the screen shots, so I know which putt I wanted that I was particularly interested in. But I remember that in this case that the thing that interested may these three conditions , which the author thinks are the most important or is necessary for what he calls a star venture, which is basically a very quite worth company on. So and so This is another reason why I, like regular processing, is good because, like looking at this out, remember that now, and doubling about processing as well is that's all going to have already type this up. But the other thing that process saying is that if you don't have the time Teoh process, then you can just dump the whole thing into room so you can dump it as a whole text. Or you can just dump the image if it's a screenshot. Um, so in this case here, I did something sort of in between. I didn't think of all the sort of the relevant tags and S o I. So I'd say that this is somewhere in the middle between, like spending the time toe link this note to other notes and also on ball. So to summarize the content and to really consider onto, really consider it critically. So these are the three points which the altar says are the most important for launching a star venture you can see be through here on the three or here is well, now I've also got one from water. So I had an idea for an article that I wanted to write about the creator economy. And this is the transcription that water is made. I can click on any words. And then if there was some part that wasn't clear to me, then I can click on the word and I'll play the audio on that specific section, which is very useful. So if I'm not feeling like processing of the note, then what I would do is I would go to, uh, water, and I'll just copy this whole text and then paste it here and then put it as a to do list so that I remember later on to actually process the notes on Guy will also copy the URL and put that as the source here so that if there is any order here that any text that doesn't make sense to me, then I can refer back to the source and see what it was that I was talking about. Um, if you feel like processing, then you'll just look at this and then you you know, you would make a point by point summary so I can ride. For example, Um, I can right here, uh, the title. So it's let's call it creator economy article on. Then I can write down the actual points that I get from here. So current situation and so forth on then the final thing is, uh, apple notes. So I had to, my dears, for what I thought were relevant questions to ask When you're taking notes on YouTube videos and on and one of the thing is on, this is relevant not only for you two years, but for content generally and all covered this in another video is the main goal off, whatever it is that whatever content that you're consuming. So if you if you if, for example you're your goal, this one centric it, how can I improve the S u on my website? Then I put here, put it at the top of the page. Eso that question the goal Warming is something that if you put at the top, then you'll keep a top of mind so that when you're going through the video, you'll be more alert for that. And then you'll figure out whether or not you actually answer the question, you also figure out whether that video is even relevant for the question s so that you don't need to waste time on it. It's not something that's relevant, and then you can move on to the next video. So I think that's a very useful practice toe have on I put here. So if you imagine that I'm like, this is a book, but this can also be a YouTube video on I put here, the goal is to wear how to identify start companies. Or I could just write high growth companies. And once I've kept once I keep this in mind, Then when I'm taking my notes, I'll be much more focused about the notes that I'm taking and I'll think critically about Okay, how true is it this statement? So this statement is to launch a stop mentor successfully. You need these three conditions. One is toe toe customers that want something different. Is this true? How can I relate this to what I already know about marketing? So one thing I might relate this to is, for example, USP which is the unique selling proposition s Oh, Yes. So I find that to be a very useful exercise to do when I'm taking taking loads. So I hope you found this video useful. And I will see you on the next video. 13. Note Taking Part 3 -- Literature Notes: Hey guys. Eso In the last video, we talked about fleeting notes, and if you haven't seen the video, the link is in the description below. On. This video will talk about literature, notes and there two ways that I'll show you how I'm putting in literature notes. One is from fleeting notes, and the other is from the source document itself. So, um so yesterday I was re reading Sisters Book, but in audio form, and I just put it into Apple notes here and I e. Well, I didn't put in the title, so let's get the title. I remember its how to grow a lot. There it is. Okay, so we'll copy this in, and then we'll plug this into room research. That would go and then we'll use the minute data that was previously created as a template and then shift click to get the sidebar up and then will copy alot of this that will put this back here on for author put in and then tags will add literature notes, and then we'll load up on it's document. So one of the principles for literature notes is that you should be very selective about the dosage putting in these things that you want to sort of try Teoh. Remember, um, for future reference And, um, and things that you don't want to forget. Uh, so I will see here. It says, like, keep it short, be extremely selective. Use your own words s o the way that I like to use it. Is it really for me? It really depends on how much so the knowledge have on the subjects. I feel like generally the more knowledge I have on a subject than the most succinct I convey emotion, size, but the list I know about it. Then the more I want right on, the more I want to try and remember. So I feel like the the amount that you're right well, generally start to go down them or you start to know about a subject just because you've accumulated so much knowledge on it that there's less and less new things for you to learn so hot in this we see here the souls of heavenly thing Pythagoras believed there are sold will arrive. My function. Okay, so maybe I'm not gonna take all of these things. Eso maybe I'll take um take it at the sort of top, which is that, um and this is something that sister believed to which is that but that was believed that are sold away from from one of the by universal intelligence. And then we can put that blow here, Um, that this is, um, human function. Allies have remarkable memory of the past. Okay, So the reason why he thinks this is is because we have have a remarkable memory of the past and knowledge of things to come, Uh, which is concept, which is a concept known as metal psychosis. Uh, okay. And it's also another word for it is also, um, trans migration. And it's explored quite a bit by placing a swell on Dhere. We see our knowledge of many things existed before were born has the way Children can quickly study and massive court subjects as if they already knew some. And so another one here is, um, quickly want political subjects. So the way Children master difficult subjects. What is it? They're recalling what they already new. Okay. And the other thing that we can relate this to is Young's idea off the collective unconscious, where he, um but he believes that there is a second psychic system of ah collective universal on a personal nature which identical toe individuals and so forth. So this is a useful sort of tag to add there. Okay, now let's move on to the next source document, which is, uh, this pace on critical thinking by Daniel Willingham. Eso I've already created this one which is here. Eso You'll see that I copied the Ural here. I put in the name the author and I tagged it. Literature notes on I've written already here that critical thinking is the results of deep domain knowledge and practice. But I think I might actually get rid of this. And so I haven't actually read the paper yet. I wanted to go through this live with you on. And what I definitely like to do first is I like to skim the subtitles and see what sort of of Raj ing, um, arguments are and how they've sort of structure that information. And I would do the same thing with books as well. So let me just load up. Um, the other books tell you what I mean, So in this case, so this is Ah, stop principle on Kindle on This is what I went through in the last video on fleeting notes . And this is I really like the way that Richard's structured this book because it's very easy to sort of get a handle on, um, the arguments that he's trying to make and the ideas that you want to get across. And then he's also even got a summary chapter where he very succinctly summarises the entire book for you. So if you were reading this book, then you would have a great shortcut to getting the big idea, grasping what he's trying to say very quickly. So that's kind of what I'm trying to do here when I'm going through Thesis. Uh uh, Subtitles and, um, Onda also thinking carefully about So the name of the paper is critical thinking. Why is it so hard to teach? So this is presupposing that critical thinking is actually hard to teach, and you'll see that in his, uh, his. I started looking at some of his outer other articles as well. And, um, the main thrust of sort of this argument is, um is that it's is that we assume that critical thinking is a skill that can be sort of widely transferred. Eso. That's if you learn to ride a bicycle, then, like other skills once you learn and you comply to any situation. But in this case, he's saying that research is showing that that thinking is actually not that kind of skill and that it's actually restricted to one domain. So that's what he refers here to as the main knowledge. Eso um So I think what I would do is I would actually rephrase this to bang. Um critical thinking, uh, is not is not a transfer bowl skill and that it's actually the The process is off. Thinking is specific to a domain. Andi, No, let's see, There is another a section that I remember cleansing ever. Okay, so domain, the process of thinking is specific to a domain onda main practice. So to specific to a domain dumbing practice. OK, so this this is kind of see, I can you can use a separate page for this. You'll see that in the last note that I didn't create separate page. It's completely up to you how you want to do it and how you think it would work better for you. In this case, I felt like having it there. But I could have actually just put it here instead as well. And then Then I could just have another argument here, or I could just put it here. So I put it here. Then it would basically be like, uh, let's go back like this and then I can put another I can hear or not. So eso then, um, I can also sort of like this to other sort of things on thinking. So thinking on paper, thinking questions. In this case, I would thinking group thinking is not so. Maybe I'll relate that to thinking on paper because we want to win where writing notes and taking notes from on books. We want to practice Ah ah ah! And ability to think critically about the information that where reading. And so that means that actually, um if we're developing the skill specific to reading, then our ability to think critically when it comes to know taking may not transfer to other areas. Okay, so I hope you've enjoyed this video and I'll see you in the next one 14. Note Taking Part 4 -- Permanent and Evergreen: Hey, guys, in this video, I'll be talking about permanent nuts. Eso we've spoken already about fleeting notes and literature nodes. Now another one that I haven't spoken about. If the idea of off beat daily vlogs eso within the daily logs, in addition to writing about things that's done, what you're working on, stuff like that, it's also a good place, just the flesh house, any ideas or anything that you're thinking about on. And just consider the stuff that you've already read to re read the things that you read and just think about how they kind of relate to each other. S o The daily log In addition to the fleeting nose and literature, notes are a great source for generating insights to put into your permanent notes. Eso when you go through your notes generally, and I think it's a good idea. Just re read a lot of the notes that you've taken space out through time to consider some questions to help you put new ideas and insights into permanent loads. And these can include things like Does this new? Does this information? Does it contradict as the correct has confirmed or add to what you already know. Can you combine this idea that you're learning about with something that you already know or another notes? What? For the questions. Does this information trigger How does this idea fit into my fury Off some. So, um, does this can I combine Will connect this idea with something else. One of the main differences between this and this other thing Eso I hope that. And also, when you're looking at information what? What isn't there? Um is there something missing? Is there something that you think that should be there? Andi, Hopefully, some of those questions can sort of get you going in terms of fleshing out any particular ideas that you're working on or research or whatever it may be. But you're working with now I want to talk a little bit about Evergreen notes, which is a very useful concept developed by Andy. It's very similar to parliament notes, but I'd say that he goes more into details. The types off evergreen. So there four different types off evergreen notes for kind of like light main categories off evergreen nodes. And he defines each note type within every great nights. So where is with permanent note looming when he developed those little custom system. If you look at his prominent loads that they are generally complete sentences and they're generally in his words and they're usually publishable, insides looming, he published over 60 books, hundreds of papers he generated a lot of insights on, and the purpose for him in using the middle class and system is generally to produce publishable works on. So if you look at his prominent notes, they're all you know, like fully developed sentences and insights on that air, ready to publish eso how you choose to use his old caste system. I mean, it's generally a very useful system, but how you choose to use it, it's going to be up to you. I think there are a lot of useful things that you can take out of it on and not necessarily have to use it to generate publishable insights, but just to advance your own knowledge on certain topics and to develop your own ideas. Eso going back Teoh Evergreen notes. So the way that and these divided it isn't four different types. The first type is what he calls Stubbs. I put it here as placeholders for back links. So some examples include, for example, no taking or list of psychological biases. So this is where I'll have a bunch a hole within show you here. So within psychological biases, I've got a whole bunch of different psychological biases. So the page houses lists of the different psychological biases that we have on. So this is a nice place. Hold it to house all the biases in the one place. So the 2nd 1 is terms of art, which are just a simple definition of things. Eso In this case, I've got confirmation bias, which is a form of bias, a cognitive by So we have where will only look for information that confirms what we already believe. They can also include what, on the terms bridge nuts. And this is when you have a new idea that you've developed on your own, and then you find someone else's ideas who are. That's very similar, but there are subtle differences, and so it doesn't make sense, toe merge them, but rather to create a bridge in between. On have your notes on one side and the other person's ideas together, and then have ah on heaven note in between which which length, um, and notes the similarities and differences on that note. So, for example, this idea between several Carson Evergreen notes this is something that and he's got on his website, and he lists what the similarities and differences are, and that's an example. Off a bridge notes. The third type is precise and narrow decorative notes. So this is where things become mawr. So I take, like a high level of thinking takes place and where you need to generate mawr kind of insightful, thought on but typically full sentences. They're typically precise that typically narrow and their clarity. So one example is the unexamined life is not worth living. And so this is a quote from Socrates and thistles. Is this fleshes out the idea behind the sentences, more so that pine it re experience. There's room from an interpretation of that experience on its in the interpretation that examination off what life amounts to that life becomes worth living and and the other way that this can be formed is not necessarily just as a clarity sentence, but also as a za a question, especially when things are still uncertain and Maybe something you've read has just triggered another question, which is worth fleshing out. Eso. One example might be to what degree does no tech. There's no taking actually impact, long time thinking and learning so way. Take it as a given, for example, that no taking must improve. Oh, our overall learning. But it's on. But that can be just a delusion. We might feel like, well, Ernie, but if measured over a very long period of times after five years, how much of that is actually true? How much of that is actually retained versus just reading whatever it is that you're reading now, the fourth type is the connecting notes, what he calls the AP, Ayotte's on and the's air metodos thes air knows that have built upon your other evergreen notes on, and they can also connect. You're in this well, so these air notes about the notes and they can be built on top of the notes. Or they could be about the notes themselves. So one example that I written here is that emotional distancing and time enables better decision making, and this is built on a bunch of different articles and ideas that I've developed. So one is the idea of cognitive behavioral therapy which takes in different scenarios to help you gain distance of. The reason why CBT works is because it helps you gain distance to the situation and allows you to see things more clearer. And that's kind of one of the underlying basis. Pull that form of therapy. This is how close my to this s O. This is I'll, uh, put that into the main screen here. So the idea behind this article is the closer rights of something. The more your judgments like that to be impaired and then it goes into more details here. I won't go through it now, Uhm, and another sort of another permanent here is the harder you work, the more confidence you get. So so irrespective off, irrespective off, whether it's true or not, when you do something a lot, in other words, the repetition of that thing makes you think that that thing is more true and you get more confidence in whatever it is that you're doing. So if you think that this one way of that you've been doing something, let's say you're making a piece of furniture whatever. Anything of this one way you've been doing it this one way for a very long time. Then after, let's say when you discover some new way of doing it because you've done it for so long, you have a very high level of confidence that this is this is the best way to do things. So these are the sort of so I haven't flesh this one out. But these are the different things that are supporting Thea Rodgers. The statement here. Now let's go back into the notes. Here we go. Okay, now, in terms off the principles for the notes themselves in terms of the titles, they should be atomic. They should be sharp. Eso very kind of focused, complete, positively framed. So what that means is that writing reading on the iPhone doesn't work that's negatively framed. Whereas if you say, use the iPhone for capturing ideas or use the iPhone for listening to audiobooks, use the eyesight. Use the iPhone for information. Capture, for example, is a much better title or no taking. Systems don't work versus saying that effective note taking needs to have a specific goal in mind for it to work eso This is more positively friend title and that generally eyes a more useful title to have as evergreen Note. Okay, so those are the main things a Duberry high level on, and I think depending on what it is that you're using the system for, I think it's very useful just to get a good understanding of these concepts and principles and find ways, use them for yourself. So that's their useful for you, and you can feel free to adapt it and use it for your own purpose. I don't have certainly done that for myself. I mean, the way that I have set up this note here, you can do it in however way you feel makes the most sense. So I hope you found this video useful and I'll see on the next one. 15. Benefit of zettelkasten: Hey, guys, in this video, I'm gonna be talking about the benefits of using these little custom system eso Zettel Ming's in next card or note on Zettel costs and refers to a box of notes, and this is a no taken system. Does Little Carson that was developed by Nicholas Woman? Uh, he was very prolific. He published over 60 books and hundreds off papers on, and he did so Teoh wide acclaim and in a variety of fields, including in sociology, biology and so on. And he credits his success to using the system, which is also called the Slip Box. So on. And I can definitely see how how this system can make such a big impact, because from the time that I've used it myself, I can see that one of the biggest benefit is that it's enabled me to be a whole lot more productive and coming up with new ideas, generating ah lot of ideas and making connections between ideas that I otherwise would not have made and just being able toe, sort of like see everything in the one place. You can make connections between ideas much more easily and see whether and see how they sort of relate to each other on deacon. See things that usually wouldn't have thought off. The problem when you're so coming up with ideas or coming up with something to write. Is that is that if you have to rely on information that you can immediately recall that easily available, Teoh your to you and memory, then then you're not gonna have the advantage off everything that you've previously read on DSO. The benefit of using the system is that you get access to all of these things that you've read when you use the relevant tags. Teoh Teoh in a specific topic. So you have sort of a critical mass off ideas or notes within a certain topic on and on and adding more things. They're sort of becomes a strength off the system because you can have so many ideas there on you can have him. So mixing away is that usually will be kind of difficult to do and with my previous. So I spent a lot of time, really. I'd say that I spent a TCP hours day reading and a lot of that time in the previous way that I've been taken, though it's was no structure, everything sort of just there on on. I had everything in Evernote and it was just this massive pile of notes. And in order for me to access things that are relevant for current line of thinking, I had to have to basically try to think, How can I? What are the ideas that are relevant for this? Where is now? I could just click on one of the tags, and that's just gonna pull up a thread with all the relevant notes in the one place on That just makes things a whole lot more easier, because then I don't have to rely as much on my memory. But I can rely much more on Thean initial system off figuring out what the right tags and what the right connections are. So whenever you're Adam notes is always good to make sure that you're using, you try and figure out in what context do you want that note that you've been taking in what context you want that idea or that sort of fact to be discovered on bond. So this is really useful way Teoh have these things come together 16. +Roam: Hey, guys, I'm going to go over another useful Adam, which I think you'll find very valuable, especially if you like to take a lot of notes from articles you read on line and bring them into into Rome research. And that's called the plus room Extension. It's available as a crime extension, and you can also get it a zoo Firefox extension as well. I use chrome. So, uh, here's an example of how you can do it, so you basically just highlight what you want to use and then use the shortcut. You copy this and then once you put it, you will get the texts along with the source of the URL and the title. So it said it really saves you having Teoh type A with these things in yourself, which makes things much, much easier to use.