Visual Note-Taking 101 - Slides and audio from a SXSW panel featuring Dave Gray, Sunni Brown, Mike Rohde, and Austin Kleon.
It’s hard to remember, surveying my dull Google version (“parents in town,” “book club”), that a Filofax was also a place for plot arcs, self-invention and self-regulation. It was, in every sense, a diary — a forward-running record, unlike backward-running blogs. The quality of the paper stock, the slot for the pen, the blank but substantial cover, the hints of grand possibilities that came with the inserts — all of these inspired not just introspection but also the joining of history: the mapping of an individual life onto the grand old Gregorian-calendar template.
I too was a Filofax/Daytimer adherent for well over a decade. As much as I love and depend on Google calendar these days for scheduling, I kind of miss all those different inserts you can buy for paper-based day planners…
"…like swimming in an information infographic…"
Gary Flake talks about Pivot, a new technology from Microsoft, at TED2010.
"…the whole of the data in which we consume is greater than the sum of the parts… instead of thinking about information overload… think about how we can use information so that patterns pop and we can see trends that would otherwise be invisible…"
As more noise, clutter, information, services, and networks are introduced on the Web, the human feed—human beings will become even more essential in helping us all filter signal from noise so we can make the most of the medium. It will be messy, organic and serendipitous in some ways, combining conversation with content. But context will be key. As we dive into streams, that’s where our attention will be. If our trusted peers are swimming in those streams as well, we will look to them to help us stay afloat.
Email apnea - a temporary absence or suspension of breathing, or shallow breathing, while doing email
Linda Stone talks more about email apnea, and about our relationship with technology in general, on the November 1, 2009 episode of Spark on CBC. She also coined the term "continuous partial attention".
"Ever since early man first scratched his desire to “Make fire, find food” and “Don’t get eaten” on a cave wall, goal-oriented people have been approaching each new day in a similar fashion, jotting down in one form or another the upcoming tasks that require their attention.
The “To Do List” hasn’t much evolved since those dark perilous days in terms of its primary purpose: the need to plan our day and manage time effectively, but there has been a progression in terms of its complexity.”
"When I settled down to sleep that night, I took stock of my incredible day, without question the best of my life, but I wondered to myself: to what degree did I live the day to the fullest versus trying to capture it via a viewfinder?"
My worst instance of this actually happened in pre-digital days…
I was in the Grand Palace complex in Bangkok. It’s a stunning place - a whirlwind of gold and colours and spires and statues. Pure visual sensation, everywhere you turned. I couldn’t resist getting busy with my camera.
Over the course of a couple hours, I burned through two rolls of film (yes, film - 48 exposures per roll) and was well into a third. I only stopped because the grounds were closing.
I realized to my horror that night that I had been so busy photographing the sights for posterity that I hardly even bothered to really look at everything while I was there. The temples, the figures, the giant gold Phra Si Rattana Chedi - gone.
Too much information, consumed in exactly the wrong way…
"Web companies are rushing to satiate our desire for instant gratification, pushing real-time updates to us anywhere, anytime. And yet the studies show that these constant interruptions make it harder for us to process the information — to digest it, come to conclusions and take action."
"But productivity isn’t about speed, even if we’ve been led to believe it is. It’s about being effective. It’s about accomplishing things — and that’s about doing the most important things, not the most things."
The ever-useful Lifehacker provides a few different methods for taking notes. I like this notation for capturing action items after a meeting:
[ ] A square checkbox denotes a to do item
( ) A circle indicates a task to be assigned to someone else
* An asterisk is an important fact
? A question mark goes next to items to research or ask about