Prioritize key information

This strategy takes the idea of making lists to the next level: summarizing the information you consume or placing the key points in a list you can consult later.

It doesn’t have to be organized in a collection or anything. The idea is that it’ll be easier to digest and process later when your brain has energy.

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Addicted to Consuming Information

The amount of content on the Internet is huge and it’s practically impossible for us to consume it all. But we struggle with it anyway.

This creates a situation where we are constantly digesting information mainly because “we have got to know this.” Even if we never apply that information in our own lives.

In the case of information, reading several articles and sources on the same topic can create a lot of clutter. Because it creates internal struggles and questions:

  • What sort of information is important?
  • This post said this is important while another post said it wasn’t important. What information is relevant here?
  • What information should I internalize and apply?

... for organizing information:

  • Location: put the most relevant stuff to be within reach.
  • Alphabet: for organizing lists of people and statistics, dictionaries, and official documents.
  • Time: used when providing step by step instructions or when things have to be in chronological order.
  • Category: organize information by similarity or relatedness.
  • Hierarchy: organizing information that is used collectively to compare things.
Mind mapping

It's a method of capturing thoughts and organizing them in a visual way.

This is an extremely effective tool to organize what matters most to you: If something is relevant to your goals and desires, write it down. If not, remove it from your mind.

Make a to-do list every day and use that to organize the most important tasks for you to complete that day.

Lists help to organize what must be done and give you a sense of time management as well.

Put the notes that you make into specific groups of information. For example, if you have a lot of information on business ideas, or opportunities, write them in a book or place them in a digital document.

Toss out the information you no longer need or have tried before.

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Moving Beyond Comfort

A social activist and leader in the education sector, Geoffrey Canada has been committed to improving our education system for over 25 years.

His ability to challenge the outdated business model of public education and create new systems to reach urban students and their families is a reminder that great leaders challenge convention and push the boundaries of the comfortable.

Using categories is a great way to organize information when it needs to be sorted by similarity or relatedness.
But keep in mind that this has a certain degree of subjectivity in it: people don’t always group things the same way. Also, be careful with the number of sub-categories that might appear.

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