Lasting Value

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Failing at Personal Knowledge Management

In previous attempts at creating and maintaining Personal Knowledge Management Systems (PKMSs), I have thrown lots of material into my storage facility DEVONthink. I was of course thereby demonstrating that I had fallen prey to the Collectors Fallacy.

Items which were stored in DEVONthink may have passed a threshold of interest, but they were prone to two problems:

  • I may have stored items which were of passing interest, but whose utility was ephemeral
  • there was no obvious retrieval method, or means of linking ideas together, even allowing for DEVONthink’s rather impressive AI.
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Information Flow

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Note-Making Nomenclature

Definition

Information Flow is the identification, capture and processing of an Item of Knowledge which has potential Lasting Value.

 

Information Flow Purpose

The Purpose of Information Flow is to ensure that there is a system in place for recording insights, ideas, thoughts or feelings associated with an Item of Knowledge which has potential Lasting Value.

 

Information Flow Methodology

All information reaches my consciousness in one of these ways:

  1. reading books, articles, news reports etc
  2. visiting websites
  3. receiving emails
  4. listening to podcasts, radio, music
  5. watching TV, opera, movies etc
  6. other apps e.g.
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Information Flow Purpose

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Note-Making Nomenclature

Definition

I designed a methodology called Information Flow that helps me manage what appears in my Note-Making System (NMS).

Information Flow Purpose

  • to deliver a means of sparking abundant creativity for my work as a poet and writer
  • to ensure that there is a system in place for recording insights, ideas, thoughts or feelings associated with an Item of Knowledge which has potential Lasting Value
  • by linking insights, ideas, thoughts or feelings together, I will provide fertile soil for Creativity Activation.
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Information Flow Methodology

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Note-Making Nomenclature

Context

All information reaches my consciousness in one of these ways:

  • reading books, articles, news reports etc
  • visiting websites
  • receiving emails
  • listening to podcasts, radio, music
  • watching TV, opera, movies etc
  • other apps e.g. DailyArt

A Process

This process describes how an Item of Knowledge that has potential Lasting Value is identified, captured and processed in accordance with the criteria described in Information Flow Purpose.

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Definition of a Building Block Note

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I use the word Building Block Note to describe a unique note that I have placed into my Note-Making System.

To get into the Note-Making System, a note must be of potential Lasting Value. Ascribing Lasting Value to a note is my way of cordoning off my attention from items which are merely ‘interesting’ but are likely of no Lasting Value.

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