Markdown note-taking software is a double-edged sword: don't overlook writing notes and thinking.

I am delighted to see that many friends are using note-taking software more frequently and have found that it facilitates knowledge management, making work and life more efficient and convenient.

Among the numerous note-taking software options, some friends prefer software that requires customization, such as Obsidian.

I admit that customizing note-taking software can bring pleasure and a sense of accomplishment, especially when I create my own note interface and system through CSS and plugins. However, what we should focus on is whether we are truly dedicating our energy and time to the most important thing, which is writing notes, during the process of customization.

If we spend too much time on software, we may neglect writing notes and making records, as the time and energy spent on customization are limited after all.

My belief has always been that the appearance of software should not be the main factor in choosing software. Writing notes is the original purpose, and as long as the basic functions can fulfill the requirements of recording and facilitate thinking, other functions are just icing on the cake.

Therefore, I often remind myself to be cautious about the potential issue of insufficient note-taking caused by excessive customization. This is also the reason why I have never liked using Obsidian. Is it good? Absolutely, it is currently one of the best. But can it meet my note-taking needs without customization? It seems unlikely.

In comparison, note-taking software like Heptabase, Tana, Notion, etc., have simple interfaces and easy operations, requiring no customization to use. On one hand, they provide complete note recording and management functions, allowing me to focus more on writing notes. On the other hand, these software options do offer personalization and customization features, just much simpler compared to Obsidian.

Some friends may choose and use Obsidian due to an excessive pursuit of personalization and coolness. They believe that the more personalized and feature-rich, the better. As a result, they spend a lot of time and effort on customization, neglecting the most basic needs of writing notes and thinking.

In conclusion, I still suggest that when choosing and using note-taking software, rational thinking is necessary to determine whether the main functions of the software can meet basic requirements. Avoid wasting energy and time on customizing software.

Of course, this does not mean that I am against customization. If you have more time and energy and want to create a personalized note system, then choosing software that requires customization is understandable. Just be careful not to let customizing software become an excuse or obstacle for writing notes. While customizing, also pay attention to maintaining focus and practice on the most basic needs of writing notes and thinking.

P.S. When choosing any software, it is important to have a rational perspective on the issue of freeloading and payment. Freeloading is neither shameful nor honorable. We must not deliberately ignore the labor and hard work of software developers. If a software truly meets our needs, then it is worth paying the corresponding fee to support the long-term development and improvement of the software. Why not?

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