TB faces difficulties when organizing different levels of information: For example, I use different brains, which I find cumbersome when dealing with the part that is common to several of them. Here is an example with 3 brains: I have (1) a general brain, which I use everyday and where I have more than 30,000 thoughts. It will grow endlessly; (2) a professional brain where there is all the specifics for my current job; (3) An administrative brain where I put all the banking, shopping, health, etc issues and information.
The problem is that these 3 brains should be connected in a tight manner while remaining 3 separate layers of information. For example: - specific information about my interlocutors in my professional brain should be linked to the social-economic sector in my general brain (because it will be there that the sector is connected to the broader context). - My investments in the Admin brain should be linked to the economic sectors in the general brain, where I monitor the economic situation. The latest version of PB allows thought URLs which makes possible links between different brains, but I don't find it convenient enough for the systematic linking of thoughts between different level of information.
One suggestion would be to use layers, just like an imaging software like Photoshop uses layers. The general brain would be the background brain, and the two other brains would be layers rather than separate brains. Just like Photoshop layers, you could have layers displayed or not over the background. You could work on a specific layer, adding and deleting thoughts without affecting the other layers. You could delete and/or export a layer out of the brain. Think for example when you are changing job, you remove the layer from the previous job and create a new layer for the new job. You could share your brain but exclude one layer, for example exclude the Admin layer with personal information. This latter possibility is much more efficient than identifying one by one individual thoughts as private. You could have layers to monitor events or information for a period of time, events that you may not want to include right away in the general background since you are not yet sure of their significance. For example, adding a 2012 layer for adding anything that attract your attention during the year, but that you might want to review at the end of the year and clean up. You could have one layer that you share with colleagues, while keeping the background private etc.I hope that helps define the idea
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