Mind Your Bite #15: Reduce your writing time with evergreen notes
Evergreen notes, , a lesser known application of Airtable.
Hey there, it’s Naomi.
Welcome to another issue of Mind Your Bite. A weekly newsletter sharing resources & tools to help creators work smarter and achieve more.
The curated list of resources to help you simplify your workflow is coming! 😍
Sorry for having kept this for too long. I underestimate how long it takes to create something, and also how messy I am when it comes to organizing stuff I learn.
But anyway I hope you’ll enjoy it.
The board is still updating, so if you have any recommendations of tools and resources, please shoot me a message! I would love to introduce it in future Mind Your Bite issues with credits to you.
Side note: Instead of using Notion for the database, I go with Airtable and Pory. I know the site doesn’t look too aesthetic, but this is my first try. I will update the design along with extra resources to make it more useful for you.
In the meantime, I hope you enjoy this week’s curations:
💡 How to reduce your writing time with evergreen notes?
📰 4 interesting reads to get you thinking
A system to turn information into knowledge.
How to promote content? (without friction).
How to go on an information diet?
'Rent-a-person who does nothing' in Tokyo.
💌 Newsletter Spotlight:
🔨 A lesser-known application of Airtable.
Without further ado, let’s dive right in!
💡 The idea of The Week
How to reduce your writing time with evergreen notes?
Are you tired of staring at the blank page with nothing to write?
Not that you don’t consume.
Not that you don’t take notes.
Not that you don’t discuss the ideas with others.
It’s just hard to put words together once you sit down to write.
Here’s a prescription to that:
Take evergreen notes. 🍀
What are evergreen notes?
"Evergreen notes are written and organized to evolve, contribute, and accumulate over time, across projects”
— Andy Matuschak
The problem with writing is not to string words together but to express your thinking better. As long as you’re able to explain your thinking well, you can write.
Most people hold their thinking for too long. They postpone it until the last minute — when they start to write. As a result, they scrumble under pressure and hit the creative block.
A cure for that is to take evergreen notes which allow you to accumulate your thinking over time.
👉 Bonus tip:
You can post evergreen notes as tweets or put them in your newsletter or craft mini blog posts.
This will ensure you deliver regular content to your audience while avoiding writer’s block on longer pieces.
They all write excellent atomic essays on topics they’re proficient in.
📰 Interesting reads
Information is different from knowledge.
Information is what you consume. Knowledge is what's left after.
The information has a short sell-by date. Knowledge is long-lasting and reusable.
The end goal of taking notes is to turn information into knowledge.
In this short post, I discuss how several ways you can transform information you consume into long-term knowledge.
👉 Related read: How to take evergreen notes? by Mike Giannulis.
Promoting your content is hard work. But it doesn't have to be as long as you know how to do it right.
Last week, I stumbled upon this article by Harry at Marketing Example, I'm blown away by the simplicity of his method.
The method can be summed up in just 3 lines:
Create value on other platforms.
Transfer this value to your own platform.
Store value with your email list.
I can't recommend this enough if you want to push your content around the internet in a structured way.
Let’s admit it: Information is addictive. You can’t stop consuming. Whether it’s Youtube, Twitter, Instagram, or blogs.
Yet it’s not easy to cut down on consumption. Information makes us feel safe — how excited it is to learn something new or be the first only person in the group to know about the latest news.
The answer is not only to consume less but to be mindful of your consumption.
This article by Anne-Laure Le Cunff will provide you a step-by-step guide to adopt an information diet and get more out of what you consume.
Society is ridden with the “can-do” attitude. Friends and family keep cheering you on and encouraging you to “try your best”.
Sometimes all you need is a person who stays by your side, watching you silently, listening to you quietly, without judging or “consoling”.
I found this piece earlier this week in The Curious Bunch Newsletter. A short yet unnerving read which raises awareness of the immense loneliness we feel in modern society.
💌 Podcast Spotlight
This week, I want to point your attention to a curated podcast newsletter Earbuds Podcast Collective.
They have the best curation idea around! Every week, there’s a theme and 5 podcast episodes. Each week is curated by a different person. Anyone can curate a list.
A couple of recent themes that caught my eye:
They have huge archive dating back from 2017 so there’ll be a lot of great episodes to pique your interest.
You can also make your submission here with favorite podcasts on a theme.
🐦 Best in Tweets
How to become a big content creator?
A reminder we need to remind ourselves frequently.
Lean Content Creation — Create Minimum Viable Posts.
✍️ For creators
Airtable — a platform for building collaborative apps, customize your workflow and collaborate.
This is one of the first no-code tools I explore. I used it to keep a no-code writing journal. (I have to admit I failed with this due to overcommitment — my new initiative here for the #100daysnocode challenge here.)
Anyway, this week, I decided to do a little experiment:
To use Airtable form for taking notes of my newsletter.
Here’s how I do it:
Step 1: Create a Form View with Airtable with Fields like “Title”, “Author”, “Type of content”, “Note”, and “Link”.
Step 2: Generate a link to the form and post it where I have easy access.
Step 3: Fill in the form whenever I consume a piece of content.
Once I hit “Submit”, the information is automatically stored on Grid view like this.
Step 4: Write a summary for each piece of content I consume.
Step 5: Repurpose the summary as tweets or ideas on the newsletter.
What did I learn?
It’s good for brainstorming tweets.
I can turn summaries into evergreen notes.
A couple of frictions:
Sometimes I forget to write summaries for the notes. It still takes me some time to write this newsletter.
No tags to differentiate the content.
But overall, I feel positive about this experiment and hope to eliminate the frictions listed above in the next week.
How do think of this idea? Are you trying something similar for your consumption process? Perhaps some recommendations to help you improve it? Hit the reply and let me know.
Just found out about this tool where I can read all of the Substack newsletters I subscribed to in one place. Super cool!
That's it for the week.
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