What I Am Planning To Use At Uni

Tansy Bradshaw
5 min readJan 10, 2023

About a few weeks ago, I got into RMIT University for their Associate Degree in Professional Writing and Editing. While I am super excited to get back to learning what I love, a lot have things have changed. I left formal education at the end of 2014.

Since then, while a lot of classes have gone online because of the pandemic, I have also changed. By that I mean the way I take notes and keep track of stuff in both my academic and personal life.

Back in 2014 — I had kept everything in Evernote. At the time that was the big name in the note-taking world and I think I had dabbled in Todoist. Earlier this year I finally quit Evernote because the way I take notes has gone from a hierarchical sense to being a network sense.

This time, I have figured out a three-pronged app setup is the best for me. Though I know I like a pretty setup, I have fallen for thinking I am doing stuff when really I am just faffing around — this is the main reason Notion is not in my list.

Photo by Andy Wang on Unsplash

I know that Notion works for many people, which is fantastic. However, when I went on the Notion bandwagon — there were still some things that it couldn’t do well. They have upgraded and updated since then, but I am hesitant to go back to only using one app for everything. This is mainly due to a few reasons:

  • I spent more time trying to make things pretty rather then do work or track it
  • Loading can be a pain the in the butt if you have extensive databases
  • Privacy has become a major issue for me
  • I am more a librarian/gardener archetype rather than an architect one
  • I am primarily a writer, so that is what I want to spend most of my time doing

Also a final note, the Readwise plugin works differently with different applications — for me, having things already pre-sorted with the tags I gave it in the Readwise app is a huge timesaver. The apps I use will each have a fundamental thing that it takes care of, they are tasks, calendar, and notes.


Tasks: ClickUp

I was about to post this the other day when I had written up that I was sticking with Todoist, then I received an email. It…



Tansy Bradshaw

Murderino. Cat Lady. I write about stuff that interests me. She/Her and They/Them