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
The concept of potential Lasting Value is used to help prevent Collectors Fallacy, which has been the downfall of my previous attempts to garner information. Simply capturing an Item of Knowledge is not enough. For an Item of Knowledge to become useful it must be commented on, interpreted so that I can consider how it adds to the sum of Actionable Information I have about my Areas of Interest.
It is not always immediately clear whether an Item of Knowledge has potential Lasting Value, so in order to prevent an unnecessary accumulation of junk or ephemera, each Item of Knowledge is held in an Intermediate Store. A regular review of this store ensures that only items which appear to have Lasting Value pass through into the Note-Making System.
- Visit the Keep It in box each day.
- All items have passed through the Intermediate Store, so are already quite likely to be items which have Lasting Value.
- I have the opportunity to consider this again, and weed out any items that on reflection don’t make the grade.
- I then copy the link to the Keep It item and paste that into a new note in Obsidian.
*Having used Keep It for a while I have now gone back to using DEVONthink.