I write stories. Each story is about people, places, things, starting with data. I want to write stories like music; interconnected notes.
50 humanitarian information management tips that apply to just about every human.
Things I love:
- The colour: Makes the slides feel instantly less “techie”.
- The layout: A layered approach to onboarding.
- The concept: Specific to the humanitarian domain means it can focus on what’s needed there the most.
- Generic or broad guides can suffer from not being specific enough to be really useful.
Hat tip to my colleague Rory Scott:
The essence of a dramatic form is to let an idea come over people without it being plainly stated. When you say something directly, it is simply not as potent as it is when you allow people to discover it for themselves.
I’m ex-Evernote-r. Since they changed their terms & conditions to make me the product, I haven’t found a real home for my stuff. Using Linux probably doesn’t help in the sense that I’d like any “solution” to be platform-agnostic. I’ve found some awesome tools that only work on one platform.
So I took to the Twitter hive mind to ask: Hey folks! How do you keep track of your ideas, inspiration and bits of useful research?
I got some excellent replies: a huge thank you to everyone who took time out of their weekend to reply.
Here’s what I learned:
- Most people have somewhere to store their research, links or thoughts be that blogging, Evernote, Onenote, Google Keep, or a notebook.
- Some people have a way to keep work moving along nicely, for example Trello.
- Having a method that works for you can saving you from productivity porn, where you spend more time working on becoming creative organised and productive than being creative, organised and productive.
I especially liked Matt Jukes using blogging as memory:
And Abi using tried and tested paper as a bullet journal:
In a nutshell? I want a supporting scaffolding for my interests and work rather than being sucked into the tyranny of productivity. So I’ll think about how I want to be organised and find a tool-agnostic method that works for me. Finding the tools first won’t get me the results I’m looking for nor do I need to have everything in one place.
What next? I’m reading or rather listening to Getting Things Done: : The Art of Stress-free Productivity recommended by Lucy Knight. Then I’ll iterate with my existing tools and find out what works for me.
Two things I was reminded of this weekend? Methods > Tools, Blogging as Memory.
This is a working in the open blog post. It’s off the cuff, stream of consciousness stuff to capture what I’m doing, learning and sharing.