How to Organize Your Notes in Bear

As someone who’s always had a bit of a scattered approach to note-taking, finding a system that works for me has been a game-changer.

Mindful Teacher
4 min readMar 5

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What is Bear?

I’ve tried most of the big apps you can think of for note-taking, but none of them quite deliver quite the same user experience as Bear. The clean, minimal interface and super-fast backend make it one of the few apps I look forward to opening and using. It makes note-taking a pleasant, fulfilling experience. You can learn more about it here:

The most interesting feature of Bear, though, is that there are no folders. Just tags, which makes it easy to categorize and find your notes quickly, without having to remember where you saved them.

Although there are already systems out there for organizing your digital information, such as PARA, none of these has pushed the button for my note-taking process. They have their place in my digital ecosystem, such as managing files on my computer, but they’re not helpful for categorizing my notes.

Bear app.

The System

I’ve been experimenting with tag structures for a couple of years now and I’ve finally come up with a solution that works for me. It comes down to one main point about how I’m using my notes. I just have to ask myself a few questions. If the answer to any one of these questions is yes, then I know exactly where to look in my tags. Let’s have a closer look.

Am I looking to solve a specific problem? → #tools

This includes any note or resource that I can use to achieve a set goal or endpoint. For example, if I’m working on a project, I might create a note with the tag #tools/project-management and include a list of tools or techniques that I can use to stay organized and on track.

Am I looking for direction? → #principles

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