This new email service Hey overview got me thinking about workflows.Brainstorm
Hey's new features include a reply later stack, paper trail filter, editable email subjects, custom threading, custom notifications, attachments browsing/filtering, clips views, annotation/sticky notes on emails, anti spy pixel and more. I want much of that. My overall reaction: Traditional (gmail ...) email workflows sure are restricted and there is lots to improve!
Now, good workflows are crucial also for single person note taking systems (Obsidian, Roam, ...). So we should really compare them in three ways:
1. single note editing/viewing (markdown features, linking syntax, highlighting, autosuggest, shortcuts, plaintext/preview ... )
2. notes as interacting set (auto backlinking, global search/replace, transclusion, "whole book view", code project style side panes, ...)
3. workflows for daily use (timestamps, global history, global todo, work planning, todos, calendar, kanban style planning, github style issues, separate changelog/history files, spaced repetition helpers, quickly picking up work from the day before, scheduled cleanup sessions, ...)
One big question: what workflow tools and structures do we want inside the note system app and what do we want in separate apps or merely in the user's head?
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Step 1 is going to the inbox
Step 2 is thinking about where it should be once it's in the inbox
I can't get from step 1 to step 2 in most cases. If I just do it without thinking about it, I get little idiosyncracies in how they're categorized. So my notes never get from the inbox to the archive referenced. It's a failing on my part, but I haven't found anything that really helps with that without it seeming like 'too much'.
A workflow issue! Inbox overflow is a super big risk here, just like with email. What note system features do we need to best handle that?