The more clear your system is, the easier you'll be able to find your notes again later. After all, what good is taking notes if you never use them again? – Belle Cooper, How to Take Effective Notes
I used to want my note-taking system to be nothing but pretty. When I was trying bullet journaling, I cared more about the colors of my highlighters than the items I'm listing on the pages. When I was setting up my second brain on different platforms, I fuzzed over how my notes look more than how I could actually use them when writing content.
But as my digital system continues to evolve, I've learned to assess a tool's utility instead of simply using it because it's pretty.
Instead of spending hours formatting my notes, I focus on setting them up in a way that they'd be accessible when I need them. Full disclosure: I almost adopted a new app because it has a very minimalist design but when I realized how much time I've spent organizing notes in it instead of writing new pieces, I ditched it went back to the app where I could focus more on creating and connecting ideas.