Is there a way to deal with information overload? Potential strategies for arranging and ordering thoughts and ideas. The objective is to think more clearly and to be better able to make unexpected connections
I also have thousands of Bristol cards. I use them for detailed notes on the books I read, and more general notes as well. I call this “the material.” It’s whatever may be useful one day. Sometimes these cards contain fragments of my future books.
But organization is key to developing a knowledge base, and in essence, that is exactly what a PhD is: developing a knowledge base that allows you to hypothesize, make inferences, extrapolate, connect. Daily notes, project notes, notes on papers, code documentation – all of it should lubricate the wheels of future thinking / work.
Flat organization: no hierarchy
Hierarchies are so 2nd millennium. Links and tags ought to be enough. This verges dangerously on relating more to my philosophy of notetaking than my technical needs, but I want a tangle, not a tree, and my tools can't force the latter on me.