Roam is the productivity tool that I didn't know I needed
I see it as a productivity map of my brain, showing to me how I organize thoughts in my mind.
it helps me organize thoughts and reduce the clutter in my head. This is something that no productivity or organization tool, including Google Drive and Microsoft Office, has ever offered to me before.
Roam [is] a brilliant new organizational and productivity tool in the form of a web app that is compatible with how the mind actually operates: networked thought. In your Roam account, you essentially build a personal wiki from the ground up with your own pages. You can create bi-directional links to any page and embed content from one page to another, so you no longer need to choose which singular location to put information-- if you put something on one page, you can have it appear on any other page you'd like without manually editing each location. Among other great features, it's like Google Docs in that it automatically saves your work and allows for simultaneous collaboration, it supports Latex, and it has a sidebar where you can open up/edit other pages so you don't lose your spot. The understated feature that I am most excited about actually is the graph view (see below), which is functionally just an overview of your pages, but to me encompasses the essence of Roam. I see it as a productivity map of my brain, showing to me how I organize thoughts in my mind. The reason why I consider this so powerful is because I get instant feedback on the organization of my mind and as such it helps me organize thoughts and reduce the clutter in my head. This is something that no productivity or organization tool, including Google Drive and Microsoft Office, has ever offered to me before.
For me, Roam is the productivity tool that I didn't know I needed. It took about a day of getting used to before I instantly adopted it into my daily regimen. I used to use a combination of written daily planners, Evernote, Wunderlist, Google drive, and Microsoft Office to record my thoughts, tasks, notes, and research. Now I use Roam. Although it's in its early stages and currently developed by only a two person team, it clearly has tremendous potential. I encourage anyone who's never been quite satisfied with their organization tools, especially technically-oriented, scatterbrained researchers like myself, to give Roam a try with an open mind.
**__the most exciting piece of software I've yet tried.
a replacement for the essay.
when you take notes on something you're reading, you're actually building the logical structure of the text's argument into the notation.
as fast as writing text in a word processor. But *much more structured.*
as profound a mental prosthetic as hypertext.__**
Roam is the most exciting piece of software I've yet tried, and it's still at the prototype stage. Trust me, you want a demo.
What is it? The short answer is "Workflowy meets Google Docs." But really it's a replacement for the essay.
You can make infinitely nested concepts, in a similar bullet-point format to WorkFlowy.
But you can also reference all mentions to a concept. And use inline LaTeX. And a couple other things that make it possible to use this for argument mapping.
So when you take notes on something you're reading, you're actually building the logical structure of the text's argument into the notation.
Because it's mostly keyboard shortcuts, not drag-and-drop, it has the potential to be as fast as writing text in a word processor. But *much more structured.*
At a minimum it allows me to synthesize all my self-tracking techniques (which currently live in WorkFlowy and Google Sheets) into one tool.
But it has the potential to be *way* more. It can be as profound a mental prosthetic as hypertext.
Check it out. Sarah Constantin in Oct 2018 on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/sarah.constantin.543/posts/242611079943317
The thing that's delighted me most about Roam has been how having it open in a tab affects my entire attitude about research
I feel like I'm playing learning: the video game something I've wanted for a long time.
Convinced a die-hard notion fan of the power of bi-directional linking
it was amazing seeing the 'oh shit' in his ideas at the power of bi-directional linking
it mean every little idea and observation otherwise lost into meeting notes is actually salvageable, and filterable by date/person/theme/etc
the big idea is slowly spreading....
I was getting goosebumps from when it finally clicked with me in your demo the power of 2 way linking - I think it would change everything in giving us all amazing memories, allowing little things and ideas and suggestions to compound.
what I saw [in the Roam demo] was a capability I was hoping to have for my own learning my entire life.
the little recs or ideas or facts you learn from someone in conversation, could now be saved and compounded and connected so you can come with better ideas going forward..
if it delivers will unlock more productive ingenuity and ideas than basically anything else since Google, wikipedia, 3g.... I'm probably hyperbolizing, but it really doesn't feel like it is.
It took me 36 years and a dozen failed "systems" in different apps to figure out that knowledge is organized associatively, not hierarchically. Breakthroughs: bullet journal in Workflowy, then wiki in Bear, now daily auto-back-linked-wiki interconnected brain dumps in Roam.
Marcin Ignac Founder, Variable.io
[Roam] gives us structure and ability to track tasks without inhibiting our creativity and getting bugged down by endless fields to fill out like Asana or getting lost in overly complex data structures like Notion.
I would highly recommend this for any small start up team or individuals trying to increase productivity
I remember thinking about how valuable a workflowy++ would be... in retrospect, I think that's what Roam is.
Roam makes me feel productive jotting down my thoughts in bullets all day, because I feel like I can actually reuse them in the future.
I feel like I'm now writing to an audience that includes future me, and therefore whichever future people I decide I want to share my thoughts with
instead of just current me trying to figure things out.
I feel like a Rich Serious Person using Superhuman and I feel like a Serious Researcher using Roam...
Roam is definitely the one true CRM for me forever for whatever the heck noun best describes my networking relationships
Like omg I can finally learn everyone’s names and teams at work
I can finally make my super unstructured lists of interesting people I’ve met at events AND KEEP UP WITH THEM
omg omg omg
My dossiers will pierce the heavens