Information hoarding is too easy. Capture and connect your new ideas now. There's no other time to do it.

Connect ideas now

Writing every day for 365 days, I’ve learned that Information hoarding is too easy.

If you don’t make an effort in connecting thoughts to grow your network of knowledge, you are just moving things from a container to another.

Writing does good to you, but it’s not enough. If you dump your brain to paper and then digitize it into a Note-Taking App, If you don’t curate your thoughts, it is just moving things around with a lot of extra logistical work to do, additional time, more stress, and very little added value.

Instead, you should focus on the real value of the piece of information you’ve produced, and you should connect it now, not tomorrow or in 10 years. If you do it now, you will have a fresh memory of it, you’ll be motivated to find connections, and you will have given a positive contribution to your network of ideas.

Fluid Networked Thinking requires the willpower to do the entire workflow at once: capture new ideas, connect them with existing ones, construct new knowledge.

If you save-it-to-read-later, you will risk contributing to the cognitive mess you are trying to fight with your Personal Knowledge Management system.

Capture and connect your new ideas now. There’s no other time to do it.

Information hoarding is too easy. Capture and connect your new ideas now. There's no other time to do it.
Information hoarding is too easy. Capture and connect your new ideas now. There’s no other time to do it.

This is Essay 7 of 30 in the my challenge One Year Writing: 30 Lessons Learned in 30 Days

  1. The Journey is the Purpose (16 Nov 2020)
  2. Writing is Thinking (17 Nov 2020)
  3. Write a Lot to Write Well (18 Nov 2020)
  4. Creative Loneliness (19 Nov 2020)
  5. Be Less Ambitious, Be More Consistent (20 Nov 2020)
  6. Writing builds your networks (21 Nov 2020)
  7. Connect ideas now (22 Nov 2020)
  8. Writing improves your memory (23 Nov 2020)
  9. Writing makes you a better observer (24 Nov 2020)
  10. Writing sets the focus on yourself (25 Nov 2020)
  11. Dissolve your distractions (26 Nov 2020)
  12. Writing reduces your jargon and slang (27 Nov 2020)
  13. Walking generates ideas (28 Nov 2020)
  14. Writing is like drinking coffee (29 Nov 2020)
  15. Creativity makes you happy (30 Nov 2020)
  16. Be smart, let it go (1 Dec 2020)
  17. Writing is a process (2 Dec 2020)
  18. Automate repetitive tasks (3 Dec 2020)
  19. Publish text as digital text, not images (4 Dec 2020)
  20. Why asking questions? (5 Dec 2020)
  21. Facilitate growth by tracking habits (6 Dec 2020)
  22. Type more, type faster, type better (7 Dec 2020)
  23. Transcribe your thoughts to become an effective communicator (8 Dec 2020)
  24. Write daily to become a better manager (9 Dec 2020)
  25. Do it small to do it better (10 Dec 2020)
  26. Don’t lose your mind. Back it up (11 Dec 2020)
  27. Write daily to enhance your reality (12 Dec 2020)
  28. If only I could be ten, again (13 Dec 2020)
  29. Writing compounds despite everything (14 Dec 2020)
  30. The habit of building habits (15 Dec 2020)

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