The problem I’m trying to solve is that there are too many interesting things and I don’t have enough time to learn about them all. I’m trying to figure out if it is possible to get a computer (or bunch of computers) to help me track topics of interest to me, and help me make sense of all of them and prioritize, research and study to get the most benefit out of my limited time.
I’m intrigued by GTD. It seems like a pretty good approach and I agree with the fundamental concepts upon which it is built, I think. “The mind was not created to store ideas, but to create them.” I think that’s a pretty good reconstruction of what David Allen says.
One of the first steps of GTD, as I recall it, is to get the clutter out of your mind and into some kind of trusted filing system. I’ve been working on doing this for many years now, and I have a bunch of items in my systems of record. I need to organize and prioritize them.
I’ve been collecting browser bookmarks for things that interest me for many years. I have several thousand browser bookmarks. Every day, Google suggests a bunch of things for me to read, on my phone. I try to scan through some of them, but I bookmark the ones that I’d like to know more about, but don’t have time to study at the time that I discover them, so the pile of bookmarks is growing on a daily basis.
I have subscribed to company and organization newsletters and blogs, as well as special interest forums. All of those are sources of interesting information and links to related sources of information and data. This is another source of more browser bookmarks, if it is processed.
All of these, and many more are sources of information, which I would like to learn more about. I’m seeking a system where I can dump all this information, or better yet, point it at the information and have it sift and sort and organize the information, into a format that I can easily know everything that I know, about a subject, and ask it to go find out anything that I would like to know about, based on what I already know.
Once I’ve got the information organized, I’d like help in locating the information that will allow me to be the most productive and make the best use of my time. I don’t know how to do this, but I’m hoping I can find or create a system which will point me in the right direction, based on some, yet to be determined input parameters.