PLAIN TEXT; PAPER, LESS — PRODUCTIVITY DIGEST

PTPL 106: Digital Freedom Requires Intentional Use of Paper, Plain Text, and Plugins

Plus a brief overview of the Notebooks app

Ellane W
Produclivity
Published in
4 min readMay 27, 2024

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Plain text, Paper, Less (PTPL) Productivity Digest, text-based image by Author

This week: Your future digital freedom relies on how you store your information today. Is your focus on the notes, or on who they’re helping you to become? The Notebooks app looks lovely, but be aware it might make minor changes to existing Markdown notes.

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After receiving some good-natured flak on social media recently about the way I’ve been gravitating toward paper lately (in light of the name of this series being Plain Text; Paper, Less), a few thoughts have come to mind.

  • I grew up in an era where paper was used for everything, and important documents were written in triplicate. My goal today is to use less paper, opting for a digital path where it makes sense. To enjoy the process and benefits of putting marks on a physical sheet as sustainably as possible. I aim to conserve as many trees, and as much money and storage space as I can, while using the tool that fits both the job at hand and my needs / inclinations.
  • There are many good ways to record…

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Ellane W
Produclivity

Designer and educational publisher for 30 years+. Plain-text advocate. Still using paper, but less of it. https://linktr.ee/miscellaneplans