Mastering Your Notes App — The Power of Creating Links

Making links between ideas that seem unconnected is the essence of creativity. In The Act of Creation, Arthur Koestler called this bisociation — the “perceiving of a situation or idea…in two self-consistent but habitually incompatible frames of reference.” Matt Ridley and James Altucher describe this in more graphic terms as “letting ideas have sex with each other.” Koestler’s… Continue reading Mastering Your Notes App — The Power of Creating Links

Knowledge Management Made Simple — Six Things You Can Stop Doing With Your Notes App

“I want every day to be as smooth as possible,” says James Altucher. “No hassles.” I often think about this in relation to personal knowledge management (PKM). My goal is to create and maintain a personal knowledge base in ways that are fun and efficient. If it becomes a hassle, I just won’t do it.… Continue reading Knowledge Management Made Simple — Six Things You Can Stop Doing With Your Notes App

Beyond Productivity Porn — Moving From Generic Advice to Behavior Design 

Lately I’ve been crap-detecting the whole  topic of productivity and discovering why tips and tricks can fail. So what are the alternatives? Well, one is to follow Tiago Forté’s suggestions for creating a personal knowledge base. Another option is to apply design thinking to your own behavior. For guidance let’s again turn to Tiago, whose thinking… Continue reading Beyond Productivity Porn — Moving From Generic Advice to Behavior Design