Last week, I watched a movie called Chaos Walking, and about 15 mins into the movie, it hit me … shit, I think I’ve read the book. A quick check on my Goodreads, and true enough, I read the book way back in 2008.
This is really not the first time I’ve completely forgotten what I’ve read.
A couple of years ago, I bought a book titled The Power of Your Subconscious Mind by Dr. Joseph Murphy. As usual, before reading, I would log onto my Goodreads account to share the current book I’m reading. Lo and behold, I’ve actually read this book many moons ago. I even gave it a five-star rating!
The question I had was; why did I give it a five-star rating? Why can’t I remember that I read this book? What were the key take-outs from the book? If I can’t even remember the basic ideas from reading Dr. Murphy’s book, then how am I applying any of the lessons from every book I’ve ever read to improve myself?
This is not only for books I’ve read but also for courses I’ve taken. I invest a lot of time and money in self-development courses. I’ve taken productivity courses, online business, marketing, NLP, coaching; name it, and I’ve probably done it.
Like many of you out there, I, too, consume a lot of information. I learn new things every day from the work that I do, the people I meet, from the books or blogs I read, from social media. If I am not capturing these thoughts or ideas and remembering them, how can I use the information for my own development?
Your mind is for having ideas, not holding them.”David Allen
In Getting Thing’s Done, the central idea of David Allen’s book is that we have a limited amount of mental bandwidth to store every information we have in our head. We need to free our minds from information so that we would be able to focus better on taking action on tasks or the ideas or inspirations we’ve captured. At least, this was what I remembered from reading GTD years ago. (Note to self: must revisit this book)
We need to capture our ideas by using the Second Brain concept, for example, a system that helps save and remind us of the ideas, learnings, experiences that we want to remember and take action on.
Tiago Forte has an excellent take on building a Second Brain as a personal knowledge management system digitally. He also has a course that I have been dying to take for years called Building a Second Brain, but it’s too expensive an investment for me at this point.
With that concept in mind, I started to build my own personal knowledge management system to catalog my learnings in a commonplace notebook. I switched between analog and digital notebooks for quite a while until I decided to go fully digital and capture everything in my Evernote account.
I have a notebook to capture the books I’ve read where I note down thoughts, reviews, and quotes that I love. I also have a notebook for courses that I’ve taken. I review my notes when I can though I am currently researching ways to review my notes more consistently.
Recently though, I came across an article about using blogs as a method to manage and share personal knowledge. Many people use their blogs as part of their second brain to capture the knowledge they’ve acquired. For example, Darius Foroux and David Perell share ideas and learnings through their writings on their blogs. They use their blogs as a platform to better understand and contextualize the ideas they’ve stumbled upon.
I thought this was a great idea.
Why didn’t I do this sooner? I love blogging.
My blog has been in limbo for years. I write about random stuff. But thanks to the article I stumbled upon, I’ve found a purpose for my blog. A tool that could help to manage my readings and learnings efficiently.