The Review System is Critical to Any Knowledge Management System

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  1. Don’t overcomplicate the process. The worst thing you can do is implement someone else’s review system. Personally, I capture ideas via Evernote (via the web clipper), Twitter (via bookmarks), and other notes. It’s all over the place and chaotic to the observer. It’s chaotic to me, but the review system brings down the level of chaos. I usually review at the end of the week to make sense of ideas I’ve captured. Figure out what works for you.
  2. Take inventory of the tools with which you capture ideas. Put them in a checklist and you can start with that as a review. If you like things organized, put the ones that pass the review process into places where you can use them. If I’m working on a writing project, I scan and consume media with that purpose. The important part is understanding that there are different ways we capture ideas and not forgetting that we’ve captured ideas there. Use a checklist.
  3. Start consuming media with a purpose. Always have a project you’re working on. This will guide your media consumption. There is a time and a place for mindless consumption (that is entertainment). But there is a tendency to waste time with this and you’re an ambitious person (otherwise you wouldn’t have gotten this far into a note-taking article).
  4. Refine the process. Complicated review checklists are the result of trial and error. You can use someone else’s process, but it is always better to have struggled through the development process. You’ll have a better understanding of your review needs if you developed and refined your own process.

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