Idea Storage and Idea Factory

A good note-taking system, in my opinion, consists of two parts — an Idea storage and an Idea Factory.

Idea Storage is where you store your ideas and inspirations.

Idea Factory is where you deconstruct these inspirations and ideas into smaller ideas (a.k.a evergreen notes or permanent notes) and reconstruct them to make new ideas.

So the general workflow looks like this:

You save ideas into your storage from Twitter, blogs, youtube etc. Then you take these ideas out of the storage and take smart notes from these ideas in your factory. …

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I’ve just turned 25 this week. Around this time in last year, I was just finishing my master’s degree, started working at an auditing firm. Then I quit the job to become a full time creator.

Like many people, this year has been crazy. It has been incredibly stressful but at the same time, I learned so many things.

So, in this article I want to share 25 things I learned in 2020.

1. Showing your work is individual’s ticket to wealth and opportunities

I’ve already talked this in my channel before, but by showing your work, I mean sharing what you know, what you learned or your interests with people on the Internet. …

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Abraham Lincoln once said “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”

This quote emphasises the importance of preparation. If you prepare well to sharpen your axe, you can get the job done efficiently, while if you have a dull axe, it’s going to take a long time to finish.

If you apply this quote to the modern life, I’d see your concentration as your axe. …

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“Create more, consume less”

What is the best way of learning?

We tend to overestimate the benefits of learning by consuming things. Many people often fall in this trap where they think they can learn faster if they just consume more information like reading more books and articles, listening to more podcasts, or taking more online courses.

On the other hand, we underestimate the benefits of learning by making things.

What does it mean to make things? It might be writing a blog post, making a video, or making a podcast.

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Niklas Luhmann is a legend in the world of note-taking.

He is a German sociologist who wrote more than 70 books and nearly 400 academic articles about many topics like economy, politics, law, art and love. It is even said that he never had writer’s block.

So, what made him such a prolific writer?

The secret to his productivity is his unique knowledge management system called Zettelkasten. I already explained it in a video, but, in a nutshell, he used index cards to take notes.

There are different types of notes in his method, but the most important one is permanent notes, which are also known as evergreen notes. …

Writing has so many benefits:

  • improves your thinking,
  • helps you learn anything faster,
  • creates new opportunities

and many more! But writing regularly is very hard.

So, what can we do to develop the daily writing habit?

I think writing is underrated. It’s like exercising. Exercising can help you live longer, makes you happier and many other things for completely free!

Writing is the same. You can get many benefits for free.

The Internal Benefits of Writing

There are internal and external benefits of writing.

The biggest internal benefit is that it improves your thinking skill.

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When you try to write about something in your own words, you need a deep understanding of the idea to be able to explain it clearly.

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I switched from Google Pixel 3 to iPhone 11 last week.

Since I love touching my new phone, I keep it on my desk while working.

But the problem is that I can’t focus! Every time I see it, I get distracted and check new emails, search interesting apps, go on Twitter etc.

Then I stumbled upon this video “Willpower is for Losers” by What I’ve Learned, which is one of my most favourite Youtube channels.

In the video, he explains why you shouldn’t rely on willpower to resist temptations.

Here are a few things I learned about willpower.

1. Resisting a temptation depletes your willpower even if you successfully resisted the temptation.

Creating a Successful Youtube Channel/Blog

Consistency is one of the most important things in building an audience online.

That means you want to publish your article or video at least once a week.

However, being consistent is difficult because sometimes you lack motivation and you feel uninspired. Also, because you think your work is not good enough to publish.

There’s something Seth Godin said that resonated with me a lot.

Imagine your sink is broken. You hire a plumber to fix it, and half-way through he stops and says: Hey, I don’t really feel like doing this today…I think I am not inspired to fix your broken sink. …

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Last week, I’ve been pondering about how to find your niche.

My conclusion was “Just get started. Your audience will tell you.”

I was talking to my friend from school, who was feeling stuck in a job. He wanted to start a blog or Youtube to escape from the job he didn’t enjoy.

But the problem was he didn’t know what kind of content he should make. He said he didn’t have any niche.

When you see “how to start Youtube” or “how to start a blog” kind of videos or articles, often the first step is to find your niche. But many people find it the hardest step of all. …

I want to talk about a concept that became my principle. That is learning in public.

It simply means sharing what you’re working on with other people. It might be your hobby, side project, or just random facts you learned.

For example, tweeting about something you learned is a form of learning in public. And writing a blog post or making a Youtube video is also a form of learning in public.

But many people don’t share their work because they’re scared of being judged by other people.

I had this fear as well, and I still do sometimes. But, sharing my work and learning in public have been one of the best things I’ve ever done. Since i started sharing my work on Youtube and my blog, I got to learn faster, meet amazing people and build an audience online. …


Shu Omi

I’m a writer / Youtuber. I share what I learned about building a note-taking system and building an audience online

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