Ephemeral Scratchings

These are the notes that I take in passing, the “pad of paper” I keep near my desk — right now my bullet journal. If the idea is worth building out it can be extracted into its own collection in my bullet journal or a note here:

Logged in
Bullet Journal
Digital Notes
Collection in BJ

Ephemeral scratchings are also an opportunity to playfully learn — the stakes are low so its easy to explore, and have fun with an idea.

When I’m working in obsidian these notes can be jotted down in my Daily journal notes, which means I don’t go back and update them later. But it is still useful because of backlinks.


  • I adapted this from Ian Jones‘s note ephemeral scratching (no longer published)
  • Andy Matuschak originally wrote about them in his Taxonomy of note types


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