WWW… Wednesday! Reflect
by Taylor Slattery | March 14, 2023
Regardless of the field you work in, our devices and online tools have become an increasingly integral part of how we communicate ideas and conduct business. As such, we’ve collectively grown reliant on our devices to store the information vital to our success such as thoughts and tasks. However, as the years go by and the amount of data resulting from this dependence grows, it becomes harder to navigate and stay organized. The native note-taking tools found on our devices often lack the utilities needed to organize our information in a meaningful way.
In Plato’s The Phaedrus, Socrates laments the advent of writing as a catalyst for forgetfulness in the souls of its practitioners. By externalizing their thoughts into the written word, they relieve themselves of the burden to remember. At present we can keenly feel the truth in the warnings of Socrates but find ourselves with no better recourse but to improve upon the systems that house these words so as to make them function more like those of memory.
It’s with this goal of creating a tool that networks our notes in the way our minds network our memories that Reflect came to be. Reflect is a note-taking app that addresses the inflexibility of traditional note-taking apps by allowing users to connect notes through custom tags that make them easily searchable. If you’ve ever found yourself desperately searching for a note using what little you remember of its contents, Reflect is for you.
Reflect’s utility lies in its simple tagging system. Notes can be tagged with any relevant info such as dates, contacts, or locations, making them easier to find at a later date when you’ve forgotten the specifics but might remember some of the faces or places that were involved. Each tag you create generates a page that every future use of the tag will backlink to. If you were to create a tag for say, Seattle, Washington, that page would essentially become a repository of every bit of information connected to the city. Any personal notes, professional meetings, or restaurants visited would all be accessible from this page, even if the words “Seattle, Washington” aren’t mentioned in the note itself.
Reflect also features useful integrations to connect to your most-used tools like Google calendar and contacts, allowing users to seamlessly pull important meetings, dates, and personal info, making it a great option for use as a daily planner. Through its real-time syncing across devices and seamless recording and backlinking, Reflect provides an easy, reliable means of staying organized.
Reflect is free to try. You can learn more and try it out here.
Taylor is the Managing Editor of Notes on Design. Taylor is a graphic designer, illustrator, and Design Lead at Weirdsleep.