As a developer, I have to constantly learn new things pay attention to the tech news, and just always reading and researching. In the past, I’ve never really collected this information. I would use read later services or maybe hit like on a social media post, but the chances of me going to back to find it has been slim to none. If I couldn’t find it again from a search engine then it was gone forever for me.
Over the past few months, I’ve made a change to my workflow and started using the Day One journaling app as a morgue file, which comes from the newspaper office meaning a collection of old clippings, photographs, and information. Things you come across as you are researching goes in here.
Since so much of my life is digital I can utilize the Safari share extensions to easily save websites, capture screenshots, and copy and paste little quotes I come across. If I’m reading a physical book I can take a quick photo and store it.
Where this system has really shined is it’s both simple to review and completely searchable. So now I can find things easier than before. Plus you can use tags, different journals, locations, etc. I personally don’t go that far, and instead, opt for quick entry and trusting the search system and my memory for finding it later.
If you are not keeping some type of morgue file I challenge you to try it even if you don’t use what I am. Eventually, you are going to come back to a problem you solved and need to remember why. This is brilliant for that.