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Often Zhan

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Generating ideas has never been an issue for me. Rather, I’ve always struggled with (1) creating high-quality writing that I am proud of and (2) organizing my inspiration and ideas in a single, organized place. I use such a wide array of mediums that I quite literally get lost in my own thoughts especially when I try to reference them. How can I easily organize my notes and inspiration into a single manageable place? This blog is one of my attempts. However, I need something else… some thing in between the semi-polished work from my site and my interests (likes, tweets, highlights).

In the recent months, my solution has been Google keep. It’s not a perfect system. I like the Google Keep’s integration with the rest of the Google Ecosystem. And yet, there’s nothing that can replace the utility and convenience of a physical notebook.

Today, at this very moment, I will attempt to bridge these two technological marvels the note book and the cellphone. The old and the new. The analog and the digital. I wrot this article on my new Leuchtturm1917 notebook.

Afterwards, I’ll append my picture of Google keep as well as the raw output from my picture.

GOOGLE KEEP WORKFLOW
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me. Rather, I've always struggled with
• Creating Quality Products. I want to write
and create things that I am proud of
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single place. I read, write watch, and
listen in such a wide array of mediums
that I quite literally get lost in my own
thoughts. How can I easily organize them int
a single manageable days? This blog is one.
of my attempts but I need something else...
Some thing in between the semipolished work
and my site and my likes, tweets, highlights
In the recent months, my solution has been
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and the integrations with other
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And yet, there's nothing that can replace the
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Today, at this very moment, I will attempt to
bridge these two technological marvels the
note book and the cellphone. The old and
the new. The analog and the digital. I wrot
this article on my new Leuchtorn 1917
notebook. After words, I'll apend a picture a
Google keep.
This page as well as the rau Poco picture
Often Zhan

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A Slow Transition

Recently, my workflow has entirely been primarily Google-centric. So much, in fact, that I decided to buy a Chromebook.

Honestly, I don’t remember the last time I used Word, PowerPoint, Excel… Even in my workplace, Google Docs, Google Slides, and Google sheets have become the industry norm.

Taking the Plunge

I bought the Samsung Chromebook Plus primarially because it includes a stylus. The feature I use the most would definitely be the voice-to-text feature on Android phones and Google Docs. While I use this feature more on my phone due to convenience, the built in Google Docs voice-to-text tool is much more robust. You can seamlessly type and talk at the same time. This may not seem so impressive until you try it out for yourself. My fingers go into editing mode while my voice flows freely during free-writing. It’s an odd feeling, but once you get the hang of it, the “writing process”, if you can call it that, is much more enjoyable.

My brother MZ is much more fluent in with the Google ecosystem than I am. He has a pretty good workflow through his implementation of Google keep and Google calendars. I’m still in the process of adopting Calendars and Keep into my own personal workflow.

My Gradual Transition

My slow descent (…ascent? I still don’t know which…) to the Google ecosystem was not an intentional one. When I first started getting into computers in highschool, I got into (1) web-design, (2) Linux (First Debian, then Ubuntu, then Mint), and (3) creative writing. I fully defenestrated from Windows into Linux by the time I reached my senior year of highschool. Over time, I began to use Google products more and more. First was Gmail, then Google Docs. When Android came out which used Linux as its underlying framework, I jumped into Google headfirst.

Head in the Clouds

Hopefully, all these “cloud” products is not a fad. Also, I hope that Google does not bear hidden fangs and turn 180° against their motto of “Don’t be evil.”

I’m excited about the cloud, but like everyone, I am hesitant to share my whole life to a for-profit companies. Part of me always asks, “Am I sacrificing privacy for convenience?”

And deep down, I already know the answer to my question:

“I am.”