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The Key to My Creativity Is This Weird Note-Taking System

Using Niklas Luhmann’s ‘slip box’ method, I’m finding better ideas everywhere

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I’I’ve always been an avid notetaker—extracting ideas from books as inspiration for my articles. But most of my notes were disorganized, housed digitally in Pocket, Evernote, Google Docs, Trello, or on stacks of index cards. Accessing the…



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Herbert Lui

Covering the psychology of creative work for content creators, professionals, hobbyists, and independents. Author of Creative Doing: