The Rhetoric Of Reperception — 8 Ways to Test and Transform Your Ideas

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

10 Principles for the Care and Feeding of 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

Seven Ways to Create a Friction-Free Knowledge Base

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