Stream of Consciousness to Atomic Notes: A Powerful Note-Taking Workflow

Mindful Teacher
8 min readApr 3, 2023
Photo by Iewek Gnos

Many of us turn to note-taking and journaling to keep track of our thoughts and ideas.

At times, however, we struggle to make the distinction between notes and journal entries and the whole process becomes messy.

In this article, I discuss a hybrid note-taking workflow that allows you to write freely but still stay organised. It can help you close the open loops in your mind and allow you to think clearly and creatively.

Choose Your Tool

The first step in this workflow is to choose a note-taking app that suits your needs. Ideally, it should have the capacity to use wiki links. I use Bear for its slick UX on mobile and desktop. It also uses end-to-end encryption and allows you to add a further lock to any private notes. There are other apps out there that use wiki links, so if you’ve got one that works for you then go ahead and use that. Obsidian would be my second choice.

Writing Style

Every new note I take starts exactly the same — it’s a journal entry titled YYYY-MM-DD-HHmm, and tagged with #journal. this way, you can write whatever you want without thinking about how you’re going to title your note, which kills your flow. If you’re also using Bear, I have an iOS shortcut to…