The Importance of a Daily Note
The Focal Point of Any Personal Knowledge Management System
First of all, a knowledge management system is a must for anyone. Information floods our consciousness at a constant rate throughout the day.
Information floods our consciousness more today than at any other time in history.
What do we do with all this information? Turns out some of it might prove useful later in your life. But that flood can overwhelm even the most focused individual.
Most people have no idea where to start when it comes to a knowledge management system.
How do you make sense of all the information that comes at you?
Very important that you don’t let yourself become overwhelmed by the information. The information serves YOUR purpose. Not the other way around. It’s easy to fall prey to the information stream. Social media feeds make it so easy to paralyze us. The only way to make sense out of all this information is to be deliberate about how you consume information.
Create a filter for all this information- the daily note.
Many note-taking systems incorporate a daily note. Whether you’ve got an event, a task, or a thought, jot it down on your daily note. What does this look like? In an actual notebook, it could just be a section with today’s date as the subject. Everything else is a subheading under the date.
What to write on a daily note.
Write anything. Anything to help you get organized- meetings, scheduled appointments, any events you don’t want to miss. Write random thoughts that you want to remember later. The goal is to move all the information that is weighing you down from your brain to an external medium- the daily note.
Externalize information. It’s weighing you down.
The brain is for thinking, not storing information. A computer has both short term and long term memory. The long term storage has a large capacity, but recalling information take time. The computer’s memory, on the other hand, is for processing current information. Your brain is like a computer’s Random Access Memory (RAM). It can process (think) efficiently if it isn’t weighed down by storage recall actions. The notebook and the daily note is similar to a computer’s long-term storage.
How to begin.
Write down the day’s happenings on a journal. Digital or analog. Both are effective. Write down events, thoughts, or tasks. Just get that stuff out of your brain. At the end of the day, review the day. Some information you can discard. They may not serve a further purpose. The important information serves other purposes. This information you file away for future action. As days pass, rewrite information from previous days if they are important. Because rewriting, or transposing, this information is effortful, you will quickly develop criteria for what information moves forward or is discarded. But you won’t know that until you start and get some practice.
The Daily Note requires repetition.
Keep at it. You won’t know what works until you’ve tried it. Trial and error is the name of the game. I’ve changed my view of the daily note since I started journaling.