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It’s impossible for me to remember everything; there’s just too much information (TMI!). Rather than resort to a drunkard’s search, I want to organize my information, and make it optimally useful at minimal cost.
One of my primary organizing tools is a personal knowledgebase, a form of [external memory](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/External_memory_(psychology).
Since it’s a way for me to organize huge amounts of information, I think of it as a memory palace.
I knew about the incredible effectiveness of checklists, so you can guess which option I went with…
Knowledge bases have a few traits:
It was pretty clear that I needed a wiki, a common kind of transactive memory. There are other options…sort of.
I had some feature requirements for a wiki:
In addition, I had some technical requirements:
Thankfully the installation and setup for MDwiki is very, very simple. I was able to get a basic setup working in about an hour.
The results were everything I could hope for…
A few features stand out:
4 of the goals in my previous post, were relevant to this work:
The only goal not natively supported is Search. Though I can still search the wiki contents using Spotlight.
This tool does exactly what I want it to.
In future posts I’ll go over yet more tools, habits, and topics to scaffold my intellect. Stay tuned!Permalink
“AAAAAAA, THERE IS TOO MUCH INFORMATION!” - me, every day
What I do depends on what I know at the time. For example, here are my info-centric questions from last week:
Along with higher-level topics, I can generalize my constraints:
Knowing the problem and background, I want goals. What would a solution to TMI look like? Funny you should ask…
I want to organize my information, and make it optimally useful at minimal cost.*
In future posts I will go over the different tools, habits, and topics I worked through to build my current information scaffolding. Stay tuned!
* - Yes, I based my goal on Google’s mission statement.Permalink