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 mean of linking ideas together, even allowing for DEVONthink’s rather impressive AI.
I coined the term Lasting Value to help mitigate the first of the problems (ephemera). In the constant battle for my attention, I wanted some criteria and a process to help me weed out items which had potential Lasting Value and any items which don’t.
The reason I began my Zettlekasten in the first place, was because I was getting overwhelmed as I assembled sources of inspiration, potential vocabularies and other items for my poetry writing.
Here are some useful links: