My Note-Taking, Productivity, PKM Apps for 2023

Ed Nico
6 min readDec 31, 2022

Hi Everyone, as we approach the New Year, and I have become an airport and need to make an announcement, I wanted to share the note-taking and productivity apps I will be using in 2023.

Why dedicate (or constrain, as some may see it) to a handful of apps?

Over the past couple of years, there has been a phenomenal increase in personal knowledge management, note-taking, PKM apps, or another name of your liking, and it can become overwhelming and sometimes anxiety sets in about deciding which one to use.

With new apps popping up all the time or new features being made available on old apps, it is easy to continuously jump ship from one app to the other and not get anything done. I believe it is important to keep an occasional eye out for new and updated apps to see what they can do, but only to the extent to see if you can learn anything and tweak your workflow. If the app really turns your life around, then the cost of moving may be less than the cost of staying with your current system. It is just important not to fall into the Golden Chalice fallacy.

I have seen numerous posts of users going from App A to App B, because now yes, App B has it all. Only for them to go to App E, because, well, because it has this new thing that cannot be lived without. Fast forward a little and they are now on App Y, compromising all features they could not live without in the previous apps and swore by. All of this comes to a head when you see a post about the user returning to App A.

To counter the above, this year, I will be dedicating myself to the following apps:

  1. Logseq —

I believe Logseq is one of the best note-taking apps out there due to a few key aspects:

  • Feels natural to use. Logseq opens up on a journal page (which can be changed in the settings), and you can write to your heart's content.
  • Efficient. You can quickly jot notes down at any moment and on the go through the mobile app.
  • Easy to use. Open up and you can start writing, you can then scratch the surface to find a vast array of amazing features.
  • Free (although USD 5/month cost to use Sync at the moment),
  • Ownership (you own your data and can do what you want with it).
  • Information retrieval. You can run queries (which will hopefully be made…
Ed Nico

Posting about personal knowledge management (PKM) and Tools for Thought (TFT) along with some other stuff along the way.