I have a problem. I have two good, workable systems. One is digital, the other is analog. That should be a good thing. I've been working with the paper system (index cards) for a few months now. The problem is that after I've spent some time with one system, I start to get restless and think that the other system would be better. So recently I've been itching to shift everything back to digital.
It's the same old story; you've all heard it before. Digital is better for some things (manipulation of data, searchability, backups, better integration with email, web); analog is better for others (more accessible, easier to visualize, better support for my own memory). I wish I could combine the best of both worlds.
This is a pressing question for me because I am a researcher/writer and keep extensive notes. This raises an additional question: Should I keep the notes on computer or index cards? Index cards again make things easier to see. But I can't search them and it takes a lot of work to organize them.
Interestingly, while index cards are more portable for everyday notetaking in the library (i.e., easier to carry a stack of index cards than a laptop), they are less portable over the long term. (E.g., a years worth of notes on index cards weighs more and takes up more space than a laptop.) Thus, if I'm on a trip for any extended period of time, I find myself wishing all my notes were in text files on my computer.
Any insights and/or advice?