As a college student I had the good fortune to meet Bob Gish, an English professor who turned me on to Styles and Structures: Alternative Approaches to College Writing by Charles Kay Smith. This head-exploding book is a liberal education between covers. Styles and Structures is out of print, but you can still find used… Continue reading The Rhetoric Of Reperception — 8 Ways to Test and Transform Your Ideas
I blog to explore a single question: How can I systematically capture ideas, refine them, and implement the best ones? My answers lead me in many directions — from the traditional practice of creating a commonplace book to the new field of personal knowledge management. While this sometimes takes me down nerdy paths, I remind myself that the purpose… Continue reading 10 Principles for the Care and Feeding of Ideas
This blog is all about personal knowledge management (PKM). But what the heck does that mean, anyway? The answer matters, because the way that we define PKM influences how we do it and why we do it. Taking a cue from William Jones's wonderful book Keeping Found Things Found: The Study and Practice of Personal… Continue reading What Is Personal Knowledge Management?
Over the past decade we’ve seen an explosion of digital tools for personal knowledge management — that is, note-taking apps. Even so, there remains a vocal, articulate, and delightfully nerdy group of note takers who look at all those apps, shrug, and just say: Meh. Not for me. Take writer Douglas Barone, for example. His… Continue reading The Case Against Notes Apps — And Why I Still Use Them
David Allen, author of Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-free Productivity, describes himself as “the laziest person I’ve ever met.” However, he defines lazy as “making something happen with as little effort as possible.” This isn’t sloth — it’s meeting your goals while having fun along the way. I like to approach personal knowledge… Continue reading Seven Ways to Create a Friction-Free Knowledge Base