После написания своей знаменитой нерд-поэмы „Как расписать каждую свою мысль“, Лайен Кимбро успешно пришёл к выводу „нафиг надо такое“, и вывел отличную и более ориентированную на эффективность концепцию: Фокус-журнал.
The NoteBook is a standard journal. That is, it is a dated, chronological, sequence of entries.
The journal is for a purpose.
Here's what you do:
- Keep track of progress towards some aim. Monitor your focus, monitor your results.
- Write objects of fixation for reflection.
Conventions you follow:
- Write for yourself, not your biographer.
- That is, use acronyms that you are familiar with.
- Assume your own knowledge. Don't explain things for "the reader."
- Draw diagrams.
- You should have a roughly 50-80% ratio of diagrams to words. That is, about 80% of your page mass should be diagram.
- Study VisualLanguage, so that you can make high InformationDensity MultiVariate diagrams that empower thought and attract attention.
- Learn to Draw, Learn to Diagram, Learn to Map, Learn to Cartoon.
- I recommend MichaelErickson's tutorial, which takes all of about 30 minutes to complete.
- Write clearly.
- Work by scratch paper to collect thoughts & write fast & ugly.
- Then transcribe key diagrams and notes.
- Do it nicely. Write nice.
- Throw away the scratch paper.
- Don't keep anything that has low InformationDensity.
- Don't keep anything that distracts the attention.
- No "LabNotes"- lengthy notes on projects, details.
- No DailyToDoLists
- Don't be overly concerned with dates. Pointless.
- It's not an AddressBook.
- You want a real address book or pocket computer for that.
- Part of the whole purpose of the focus notebook is to build focus. As such, we want to seperate it from the more mundane things in our life.
- That said, you can tolerate a bit of carrying names and numbers in the book; It's inevitable that you'd want to do so, since you'd be carrying this book around with you everywhere you go.
- Absolutely not: "I'm bored." "I ate a sandwich." ... & other unimportant stuff.
- Don't write everything because you're afraid you'll "lose" it. Stick with main ideas. The reconstructive power of the human mind is extraordinary.
The No-No admonishments are just as important as the affirmative statements.