Following on from my blog post outlining an A-Z of Digital, here is “K is for Knowledge”.
Understanding what is going on in your streams, market places and industries is a big task. We can be deluged with information, news and articles coming in on a daily basis through many streams/channels (as well as all the work emails you get in a day) means that we tend to drink from the fire hose and not be able to assimilate all of the data coming in.
One way of helping is to create your own Personal Knowledge Management System, that will help navigate the sea of information and pick out what is key to your requirements and what can be dropped.
Here is my updated Personal Knowledge Management System that I use to sort and store useful artefacts, blogs, information, inspiration, articles and bits that get in a day.
Journalling in both a Personal and Work life is a useful tool to keep notes on your thoughts and ideas. In my personal life I opt for recording these in a Moleskine – See my blog post No batteries required for further details.
I separate from my work life from my personal life using things like Instagram and Facebook for friends and family with appropriate security settings in place. Even with those settings you still need to consider that once something is online, it could be public in the future.
This is split into several areas and these are a few of the inputs that I use to grab information, feeds, data from:
- Audio subscriptions
- RSS Feeds
- Web Searches
- Blog Posts
Podcasts cover both Audio and Video casts that I watch/stream online or download to my Media Player (Audio and Videos) to listen to on journeys (Audio)
Flipboard provides another stream of data that I consume bringing in news feeds from many sources around a series of topics. It does work well on a mobile device allowing you to flip the pages through the articles.
Feedly provides an aggregation tool which I use to collect the stories from blogs and web sites I regularly pull information from. This provides a list of stories that can be scanned tin a few minutes on a single screen without going via multiple sites. Clicking on a story will bring up a snippet from the source site and provide the link to read the source article if required. Using a series of key strokes you can read the headlines, then move down the articles at a reasonable speed, stopping and opening when needed.
Sources can be categorised to allow an all view or just whats new in a category. There is a new noise filter to take out articles that are not relevant which I will be looking at shortly (paid for version).
Instapaper is one of several tools I use to store the articles I need to keep to refer back to and want to save. There is a link from Feedly to provide this (paid for version) which saves the articles. Instapaper then tweets the link out on a separate @Hemingwayreads Twitter Account when I want it to.
IFTTT (If This Then That) provides a level of automation to my lists from saving articles to creating alerts on topics and triggering different actions as needed to my devices.
This is where view the data streams through the tools and assimilate and think about what has been reported/said.
Blogging and Being Social
From thoughts and research I will write about things through my blogs and publish these into Social Media streams such as Twitter, Linkedin and G+/
Future additions to my tools will probably include some machine learning and further automation to bring out more of the articles I am interested in and filter out the noise. Then bringing in a voice based capability to read out targeted articles to me when I am mobile and travelling.
Do you have a Personal Knowledge Management System or using tools not mentioned above?
Further Inspiration from others
Some other good Personal Knowledge Management Systems from colleagues:
- Chris Swan – I read tech news so you don’t have to
- Graham Chastney – How I process information
- Stuart Downes – My Personal Knowledge Management Systems
- Steve Richards – My personal work style