Building a 2nd Brain and Personal Knowledge Management (PKM)

In the new pedagogical landscape, I am looking at the limits of teaching and learning as ‘blended learning’, as well as how my students (and myself) manage information in the era of too much information.

Where there is a challenge there is an opportunity. The opportunity being ahead of the game in terms of being a confident and calm leader in the digital knowledge economy.

Some of the areas to draw from are I being more productive and productivity. Reading and help in this area has been from reading [[The Productivity Ninja]], as recommended by [[Jamie Squires]] who is a productivity specialist as well as bring my ‘big bro’ (Thanks Bro!). Productivity takeaways for me draw on the CORD approach but there are variations on this acronym.

C – Capture




I’ve also been following a really good YouTuber on this kind of knowledge management [[Ali Abdaal]] that puts forward levels as to how we can retain knowledge more effectively as well as being more productive. Also a really good resource for students looking to study for exams, tests and assignments.

For my own reference here I’m now working on PNK Personal Knowledge Management and the development of a 2nd Brain. Various levels of approach are important as I’ve distilled it for the way I work:

  1. General Reading (direct uncaptured input from websites, twitter, etc)
  2. Passive capture (gathering all digital reading) e.g. [[Instapaper]]
  3. Active note-taking e.g. [[Drafts]], google notes, [[instapaper highlights]], [[Twitter]] comments, [[Kindle]] book highlights, and mind mapping with say [[Coggle]], and blog/document drafts with say [[Drafts]] app
  4. Notes organising and reviewing e.g. gathered and reviewed by [[Readwise]]
  5. Hierarchical notes/organising e.g. [[Evernote]] – paid; [[Notion]] – free
  6. 2nd Brain neural systems development e.g. [[Roam Research]]

From CORD understanding, the results are in the DO of Doing in both Worker Mode and Boss Mode.

Roam Research is highly recommended as the future of developing an intuitive second brain that operates more as our own brains would in connecting dots over-multiple thoughts and images. Rather than having to spend more brain time and energy doing ‘filing’.

The real work is in learning and understanding the power available through this method. Roam Research Tutorials are well put together in the Roam Research Community, and in particular by [[Shu Omi]]

Some further sites on this are by:

[[Tiago Forte]] and [[Building a Second Brain]]

[[Nat Eliason]] on [[The Love and Use of Roam Research]]

Hopefully, this was helpful as a starter. It helps me right here right now, as I’m writing it down as part of my 2nd Brain development and PKM Personal Knowledge Management.

Too much information? Bring it on!