by Tiago Forte sold me on it. Here’s how he describes it.
How many brilliant ideas have you had and forgotten? How many insights have you failed to take action on? How much useful advice have you slowly forgotten as the years have passed?
We feel a constant pressure to be learning, improving ourselves, and making progress. We spend countless hours every year reading, listening, and watching informational content. And yet, where has all that valuable knowledge gone? Where is it when we need it? Our brain can only store a few thoughts at any one time. Our brain is for having ideas, not storing them.
Building A Second Brain is a methodology for saving and systematically reminding us of the ideas, inspirations, insights, and connections we’ve gained through our experience. It expands our memory and our intellect using the modern tools of technology and networks.
When I read those first 3 paragraphs, my mind was blown. It was as if this guy was speaking to my very soul, articulating problems I’d been thinking about for years but never been able to put into words.
Since discovering this Second Brain / Personal Knowledge Management
stuff, I’ve excitedly started to put it into practice. I’ve switched all my note-taking and writing over to Notion
, a really great app that you should definitely try out. And I’ve started to actively write down thoughts and ideas I have throughout my day.
For example, if I hear something that resonates with me while listening to a podcast, I pause it, screenshot the timestamp, share it into Notion
and write a few thoughts fleshing out the idea. These then become fodder for future videos and blog posts, but more importantly, they sit in my Second Brain
where they can be linked with existing ideas in the present, and with new ideas in the future.
I’m still very new to this PKM / Second Brain stuff but it’s already made my content consumption far more intentional, and changed the way I organise my life and my projects. I’ll definitely share more as I expand my own system and use-cases, but if this sounds up your street, I’d recommend giving it a go - hopefully we can explore this new territory together.
Have a great week!