I've landed on using Roam to take book notes, but I’m planning to switch away from it because I want to use Notion for everything. When I finish a book, I’ll manually stick it in my Book Notes page. I’ll enter the book by the date I’ve completed reading it, and its title.√
Each book gets its own page in Roam, and it’s marked with the ‘Nibble’ hashtag. Anything that I read, watch, or listen to starts off as a nibble, whether it's a book or a blog post or a podcast or whatever. It stays a nibble until I digest it – that is, until I make detailed notes on it.
I can see that there are quite a few undigested nibbles in there, because I keep putting this part off – to the point where I've told myself, ‘Ali you're not allowed to read any more nonfiction books until you digest your nibbles!’ When I do get around to that, I take notes in my own words. I’ll make important parts of that into an ‘evergreen note’ based on the Smart Notes system. I got a transcript of the episode and I went through all the things that resonated with me and wrote up evergreen notes on them. For example, certain concepts stood out to me, like ‘Happiness is hackable’ and ‘Self-improvement shouldn’t feel like work’, so I excerpted text from the transcript and entered it here.√
Here are some evergreen notes on the phrase ‘Know Thyself’, where I collect any references to that phrase that I come across:
Finally, I have an index page called ‘Trees of Knowledge’. I make it a point that all my evergreen notes have to fit in there somewhere.