Notion vs Evernote. Roam research vs Evernote. Roam Research vs Notion. Google keep vs Roam Research.
That's the hidden downside of placing a high value on ideas like "efficiency": the wise-seeming impulse to avoid unnecessary investment often devolves into putting important things off in the hope that someone else will save you the effort. - Do It The Hard Way – Josh Kaufman
There is a “shiny new thing” syndrome, especially common to people who love technology. Every year new apps come out, launching with slick marketing campaigns and bold visions. It is tempting to view each new product as a silver bullet, trusting that a team of crack engineers and designers has somehow “solved” knowledge management once and for all.
There is a cost to switching apps, and I think it’s much better to invest in a trusted solution than to spend energy migrating from one place to another. What really matters is your output: what are you creating or producing out of this knowledge to make a difference in your career, your business, or the world? It’s doubtful that any mere feature set will dramatically improve the results you’re getting.
My recommendation is to instead pick one notes app, and invest in it for the long term. - The Case for Digital Notes by Tiago Forte
Rather than fighting about which tool is best. Start with whatever you have in hand.
Just pick up an app and use it for your deep work. Because the real benefit lies in the long term.
That's why I always recommend downloading any note-taking app.
Update: After this post gaining some popularity on Reddit.
The argument I am trying to make here isn't to use any shitty app. But to intentionally decide which feature you really love, then base your decision on that. If you want to write without the internet on a laptop, using Notion won't make sense (because of its lack of offline feature).
Related: I think you should try keeping a notebook. Time spent on the paper notebook for me really feels like I did some deep intentional thinking. I use it as a task manager and managing life. Watch my video essay on Why keep a notebook. And How to Keep a Notebook.