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My PKM Process
I noticed I have started to share some ideas in this newsletter that tend to become full articles. Sharing ideas helps me clarify what is on my mind. I also get the added benefit of feedback from others, which sparks more ideas.
For the past several weeks, I have been working on my PKM (Personal Knowledge Management) process. You would think this would be easy, but it is not for some, including me.
I've tried several tools, including Roam Research and Obsidian. I found that I struggle to organize my thoughts in any digital tool. I spend way to much time organizing my content rather than creating it.
I've also tried to use a paper system. While I love the disconnected nature of paper, it is terribly inconvenient for organizing notes. I recently purchased a reMarkable 2 tablet that allows me to take handwritten notes without distractions, but then I can convert the notes to text and send them to myself to be stored in my digital system.
My current process combines what I love about analog systems with my favorite features of digital tools. I'll likely create a full article about how I do this. I want to give it some more time so I can make any adjustments and figure out what works best for me. Here is a preview of what my system looks like today.
A World Without Email by Cal Newport Book Summary
These are my notes and thoughts on the book A World Without Email by Cal Newport. The book explains how email and other communication tools became popular and how they destroy our productivity. It then provides some potential solutions.
Power Apps Layout Containers - What are they and a step-by-step walkthrough
A description of what Power App Layout Containers are, how to enable them, and how to build a screen from scratch using containers.
Obsidian Publish CSS Tips
Obsidian Publish is one of the best options for publishing a digital garden or Zettelkasten. Here are a few CSS tricks that can make your site unique.
Use a Zettelkasten and change how you take notes forever
Have you ever taken notes for a class, meeting, or jot down an idea and never refer to that note again? A Zettelkasten helps make note-taking more straightforward and allows you to create a system where your ideas can be connected and easily referenced.
Limits: Expand your Personal Knowledge Management (PKM) system by setting limits
These are some thoughts I had while figuring out my own Personal Knowledge Management system (PKM). I quickly found myself getting consumed by the strategies and tools available and lost focus on the importance of the knowledge itself.
Grammarly makes sure everything you type is easy to read. I use Grammarly nearly every day. I'm quite impressed with how well it works.
Readwise has become one of those critical tools that I would have a hard time parting with. It pulls together highlights from many different sources, even physical books! You can then share these highlights and review them in a daily review. You can also automatically export them to Roam Research, Evernote, or as Markdown files.
The mindful productivity audit: 10 questions to improve your well-being at work - Ness Labs
A helpful walkthrough for giving yourself a productivity audit. Includes articles and next steps.
How to Monetize an E-Mail Newsletter - Khy Hy
Khy Hy and Kyle Westaway talk about various ways to monetize an email newsletter.
My Comprehensive Obsidian Workflow - Bryan Jenks
Brian provides a detailed walkthrough of his Obsidian Zettelkasten.