Types of Notes in a PKM explained with a Gardening Analogy (Part II)

  1. Daily note
  2. Index note
  3. Outline of external resources
  4. Map of content (MOC)

2. Daily note

  1. John tells me something about parenting at the office pantry. Something about “the Maya method.” I am about to become a parent and have been looking for things to read.
  2. I was in the toilet scrolling LinkedIn and noticed a post that my old uni friend Junqi shared about a book that has helped him lead his team with more authenticity. I am also a manager at work and I’d like to improve my leadership. This isn’t a priority for me right now, though, since I’m about to go on parental leave.
  3. I purchased new screenshot-making software and shared it on Twitter. Some people responded saying that they’d love to read my review of it. I hadn’t thought of writing a review, but I’m seeing that it could be useful to some people.
  1. Write “Read about Maya method that John talked about” in the Top of Mind note’s inbox and follow up within the next few days.
  2. Write “Junqi shared on Linkedin (link) about reading the book [[b-7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey]] and that it helped him with leadership. Maybe worth reading.” in my Daily Note, and potentially follow-up the next time I’m looking for a book to read.
  3. Write “A few people are interested in a review of CleanShot screenshot software.” in my Daily Note along with relevant links (e.g. a Twitter thread), and then add the tag #🌐 in the same sentence, and potentially follow-up the next time I’m looking for blog article ideas.
You can literally see the context unfurling in front of you.
  • Set your PKM’s default launch page as today’s daily note
  • Set up a daily note template with two sections to begin with: work, personal
  • If you use templates, add a created timestamp that auto-fills the day’s date according to the filename of your daily note



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Nick Ang

Nick Ang

Software Engineer @ Shopify. Dad, rock climber, writer, something something. Big on learning everyday.