I appreciate that this sort of stuff probably gets asked a lot but I am very overwhelmed by the number of notetaking applications that might be able to help me. I understand I’m on the Obsidian forums so the answers may favour Obsidian but I feel like members here are going to have some suggestions as to what may be best for me.
I am just starting a PhD (I’m in the initial phases) and I’m eventually going to be reading a lot of papers. I knew of the existence of Evernote and I thought my workflow could become something like this:
- Find paper (in PDF).
- Save paper to HDD, import paper to reference software such as Medely/Zotero.
- Read paper and highlight initial points of interest.
- Use application such as Evernote/Notion/Obsidian to make notes on paper. Contain my own thoughts about where it might link with my own project.
- Tag the note file with author and key concept.
- Come back to the note at later stage.
I imagine this is quite similar to what a lot of people use this kind of software for but I am overwhelmed as to which specific application I should use. After doing some light researching of my options, I definitely think Evernote, Obsidian and Notion seem like the best (and most affordable) solutions.
I would like to be able to have my notes synced between my desktop and laptop so that I can write things down where ever I am.
The learning curve to Obsidian seems higher than that of Evernotes and Notion seems like more of a “do it all” life planner.
What should I be using?