I am very pleased 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 tend to choose 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.
If we spend too much time on the software, writing notes and making records may be neglected, as the time and energy spent on customizing the software are limited.
My belief has always been that the appearance of software should not be the main factor in choosing software. Writing notes is the primary purpose, and as long as the basic functions can meet the requirements of recording and facilitating thinking, other features are just icing on the cake.
Therefore, I often remind myself to be cautious about the potential problem of insufficient note-taking caused by excessive customization of software. This is also 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, and Notion 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, although 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 energy on customization, neglecting the most basic needs of writing notes and thinking.
In conclusion, I suggest that when choosing and using note-taking software, it is important to think rationally and determine whether the main functions of the software can meet basic requirements. Avoid wasting energy and time on customizing the 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. However, it is important to not let customizing the software become an excuse or obstacle for writing notes. While customizing, also remember to maintain focus and practice on the most basic need of writing notes and thinking.
P.S. When choosing any software, it is important to have a rational perspective on free usage and paid options. Freeloading is neither shameful nor honorable, but one should never deliberately ignore the labor and hard work of software developers. If a software truly meets your needs, then it is worth paying the corresponding fee to support the long-term development and improvement of the software.