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Keagan Van Rooyen
Keagan Van Rooyen

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Why I use Markdown to take notes

This is my first article, so please go gentle on me 😁 but I wanted to talk about why I started using Markdown to take notes.

Why Markdown

Before I started using Markdown, I used OneNote to take my notes. Why wouldn't I, it was cross-platform, it synced my notes across devices, and it was familiar. I started using it to take notes in my meetings, and it worked ok. I could take the notes, and then I could send them as a message later in our group chat. My issue came in the form of me spending too much time worrying about the formatting and then after the meeting, I would need to format the notes again. When I send the messages on our group chat, I can use a small amount of Markdown.

After using OneNote for about a week of taking notes, I decided that I would try using Markdown. I had some experience with Markdown from GitHub, so I felt comfortable taking notes with it. Markdown seemed like it would help solve my "issues" since I could quickly format the notes (Mainly bolding important things), and focus on taking better notes.

Choosing and editor

When it came to choosing a Markdown editor, I had 2 main requirements:

  • Open Source
  • Simple and distraction-free design

I came across some great looking editors, most of which I can't remember now. Eventually, I decided on using Mark Text, it was almost perfect out the box. I only changed a couple of small things before I started using it. I changed the default theme, the font size and have it open a specific folder on launch.

Final Setup

I have now been using Mark Text and Markdown to take notes, for almost 3 months. So far the experience has been incredibly smooth. I have a folder saved in the cloud, which contains all my notes, this folder is also stored locally on my device. This way if I get a new device or need to use another device, all I need to do is install Mark Text and point to the folder with my notes.

I have saved myself a decent amount of time, by switching to Markdown. I know longer need to spend as much time post-meeting, making sure the notes look good and are easy to read/understand. My typing speed seems to have improved as well, so that's always good. 😃

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Top comments (3)

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Leoni Mella

Cool to see someone writing posts on a repo (I do the same) and also, nice post! I'll give mark down a try.

I'm currently using Trello to keep my personal notes, but mark down seems very neat!

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Keagan Van Rooyen

Muito obrigado!

fviccia profile image

I would try using Markdown for my notes! Thanks.