Obsidian makes connecting ideas easy and helps you think and write better

Obsidian’s multi-pane editor and graph view

Obsidian might be the note-taking app we’ve been waiting for.

It wants to be your second brain. It lets you capture your ideas and take notes in text (Markdown) files (also check out this collaboration app that has built-in Markdown team wiki), and most importantly, it easily connects your notes…

Collaborative apps like AirSend, Notion, and Jira help you implement Kanban

Kanban — process-oriented project management system

Prevailing wisdom suggests that the best way to succeed is to set specific and actionable goals. But decades of research and evidence from all walks of life have shown otherwise.

Both winners and losers have the same goals (e.g., …

AirSend is an all-in-one app that enables seamless collaboration and eliminates context switching

AirSend is a free and powerful project management and collaboration app.

Do you feel overwhelmed by all the collaboration apps you have to use and switch between while you work?

If so, check out AirSend. It lets you chat with your team in channels, have video calls, share and organize files, track tasks, and keep your projects on course, all in…


No, retaining shouldn’t be the goal of note-taking.

Zettelkasten note-taking. How to take notes.

Have you ever asked yourself what’s the point of taking notes? If you think it’s to remember, read on, because it’s a common misconception.

Like many things in life, taking notes has become so customary and ingrained in our routines that we’ve stopped reflecting on why we do so.



Insights and tools to help you take better notes and think better

Note-taking strategies

Why do we take notes? How should we take notes?

I’ve been thinking quite a lot about note-taking lately. I debated with friends, did some research, and this post summarizes what I’ve learned about the second question: How should we take notes? (See also my post on how to learn.)


Journey from Vim noob to amateur

Vim joke and meme

What is Vim?

Vim stands for Visual Improved, an editor originally created for Unix.

Why Use Vim?

It’s powerful.

You can make complex edits very quickly. Check out my surround.vim post to get a sense of its power.

It’s ergonomic.

If you know how to touch-type, using Vim means you can keep your hands on the home row keys and…

Deliberate practice and surround.vim made me love Vim

vim and surround.vim increase productivity

I recently started learning Vim and it was difficult, especially during the first few days — my productivity took a real hit. I could barely write any code in Visual Studio Code without feeling a pain in my head. To learn more about my 15-day journey, check out this post:

Ironic consequences of using willpower

Do you think you’re good at using willpower to resist temptations and distractions? If so, take on this willpower challenge while you continue reading: Do not think of a white bear.

Resisting Temptations and Distractions

We usually think of willpower as an ability that helps us inhibit and suppress thoughts, temptations, negative emotions, and…


Make a reusable mask with just one sock and scissors

Face masks are becoming the new normal. Instead of buying disposable ones, you can easily make one yourself— with just a sock and a pair of scissors.

Remember, even if you wear one, remember to maintain social distance and avoid speaking when you’re around other people so you minimize the…

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