Journal-Based Note taking

Why Journal-Based Note-Taking with Logseq is My Go-To Productivity Tool

As a Devops engineer with over a decade of experience in Linux enterprise operations and professional scrum master, I’m always on the lookout for new ways to improve my productivity. One tool that has revolutionized the way I work is Logseq, a journal-based note-taking app that has transformed the way I organize my thoughts and ideas. In this article, I’ll explain why I find journal-based note-taking with Logseq so effective and how it has improved my personal knowledge management.

The Problem with Traditional Note-Taking Methods

When it comes to note-taking, the traditional method is to create a page for each topic or project and add notes to it as and when you think of something new. However, this approach has a significant drawback, it adds friction because you need to think where to put a note, and removes context about the day you made the note. This can lead to a loss of context and important information over time.

The Solution: Journal-Based Note-Taking with Logseq

Logseq’s journal-based note-taking approach removes much of the friction. The first benefit is that I no longer have to worry about where to put my notes. I can simply open my journal and start typing down whatever thought I have, knowing that the place to put new stuff is always at the bottom of the journal.

Once I’ve written down my thoughts or even while making them, I can either link it to existing topics or create new ones. The beauty of this system is that I don’t need to have a pre-written document for a topic. To make sure things group together however I have a list of main topics. They all start with “Topic/” and get auto grouped together.

Just-In-Time Note-Taking

One of the most significant benefits of journal-based note-taking with Logseq is that it allows me to optimize my notes on the fly, saving me time and effort in the long run. I call this “just-in-time” note-taking, where I write a short sentence that gives future me a just enough context. If I want to help myself even more, I highlight a couple of words so that when I skim a long list of thoughts later, I can find that one thought that I was looking for.

Then when I need a topic to make content or solve a problem, I start updating the original journal entry. This is my source of truth. By using block references instead of copy, this block of information becomes better and over time the blocks I use most get more and more attention until they are polished to a maximum shine.

You don’t know what block of information has value, so save time by only working on the blocks that are providing value right now.


In conclusion, Logseq’s journal-based note-taking system has revolutionized the way I organize my thoughts and ideas. By removing the friction associated with traditional note-taking methods, I can easily capture my thoughts and ideas as they occur to me, without worrying about where to put them. Learning how to optimize my notes by using blocks and references needed some time but now I always have a near complete picture of my thoughts and ideas.

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Author: Bas Grolleman - Tools on Tech