Some great observations Timothy. I think i've experienced similar issues to you. The natural desire to have a completely organised framework from the start versus our inability to predict needs as the brain grows. I tend to be an anal overorganiser myself, but a long time ago i learnt to relax and submitted to the organic nature of the brain's approach. If comparing to more linear information systems where an item of data may be buried in directory structures etc, iretrievable at the best of times, then even with 99% efficiency the brain works very well. I allow for a bit of 'fuzziness' in organisation as that's the way we naturally work. It is literally once or twice per year that i don't find an item of information that i'm looking for in the brain!
I've not used keywords so much myself. I like the facility and when i have used it it is extremely useful. I certainly get value from the thought types and link types. Thought types are themes and i've used link types for temporal information (past, present, future, priority). I started off with about 6 thought types after a bit of forethought when the feature first appeared, then added more as the need arose, now having 15. I'll list them here and it would be nice to see how others have used thought types: Academic - courses (6) Action - things to do, thoughts or docs to action (35) Active Accounts - member websites etc (39) Active Affiliations - clubs and societies a member of (7) Archive - old thoughts not wanting to delete (47) Event - events, conferences, shows etc (98) Topend - How, why, what, where, when, who contextual framework (7) Person - people (926) Reading List - books, docs to read (84) Reference Document - key documents so they stand out (271) Reference Website - key websites so they stand out (74) Routine - daily, routine activities things to do (like recurrance in outlook) (6) Software - shortcuts to start programs (98) Strategy - top level thoughts (17) Study - encyclopedic thoughts on variety of topics (48) Out of 34,000 thoughts there are only a few hundred typed, but for almost every active thought i select there are thoughts of some type visible, so the value is immense. I like the new facility in PB4 of being able to add individual labels, as the thought type is already understood from the colour, it allows further clarification of context. Anyone else care to share their thought types? I hope my list sparks some ideas and I'm curious to learn of how others are using thought and link types. cheers Jim
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