The Tree That Owns Itself

I wonder how many other inanimates own themselves?

What I love:

  • This would make a great title: eye-catching and curious
  • It challenges the concept of ownership being something that belongs solely to humans
  • In database terms, it would be self-referential!

The Tree That Owns Itself

How do I manage information better? 50 tips for humanitarian information

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:


How do you keep track of your ideas, inspiration and bits of useful research?

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.

img: Jim Campbell, Scattered Light