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Notetaking should be low-commitment

Notetaking should be low-commitment

Notetaking describes an interface between thoughts and storage devices.

The essence of notetaking is the act of representing thoughts.

Some accidents of the act of notetaking impose unavoidable “commitments” upon the notetaker:

A notetaking system should avoid imposing such commitments insofar as possible.


A few ways a notetaking system may impose commitments upon the notetaker:


A notetaking system should require the smallest possible commitment to enable notetaking:

Decisions affect potentialities; commitment corrupts potential.