The magic of four
A radically simplified approach to organising files and information
I missed posting a letter last weekend as I got busy preparing, then hosting my daughter’s 16th birthday - a story in itself, but not for this platform :-)
This week I’m writing to let you know about a free webinar I’m offering (Aug 10th) where I’ll unpack the key principles of building a second brain.
So many important things to do
Whether it’s deciding which path to take for our children’s education, raising awareness about climate challenges, building financial services on the bitcoin network, building a clever device to turn waste plastic into oil, or gathering floating waste from the ocean.
Whatever your focus is, it requires some thinking, and sometimes that thinking is done more effectively outside one’s head.
We’ve been gathering information digitally for a few decades now, but what could or would happen if we organised it with purpose. Organised it to help us achieve more of those things we deem important. What if we could organise information so:
1) it’s easy to retrieve when it becomes relevant, and
2) so its value increases over through time.
While the digital information age started in 1980 - just 42 years ago, we’re still learning how to organise it. It’s everywhere, and at times it can be overwhelming. You know that feeling of remembering seeing or reading something, even saving it. But where is it! Individuals and organisations alike are experiencing one of the paradoxes of the information age:
With access to more and more data, it is becoming harder to find the information we need. We are basically drowning in data while thirsting for information.
There’s never a problem without a solution
Using computers since 1983, I’ve constantly sought to make them work better for me, and I think I’ve finally found a way. Now I want to share it with people and enterprises who are making the world a better place. I want to see them do more of their important work, supported by a radically simplified approach to organising information. Let me explain the essence…
Imagine if you only had just four connected places to store everything. With just four clearly named, logical and connected places, how much easier it would be to know where each new piece of information belongs!
As new files, notes or information come to hand, you will quickly give them a home. Trust in the system will grow, that gives you the confidence to promptly get back to the work at hand.
As you use the framework, you’ll be effortlessly creating a web of connections across your digital assets, that mimic the neural network of connected ideas in your brain. You’ll be creating a digital second brain:
A framework that makes it easy to know where things belong and can be found, that prompts you where to focus time and attention, while ensuring you have at hand the information needed to take the next self-evident action.
Webinar - Wednesday, August 10th
If you are not yet using such a framework, then I urge you to consider investing 45 minutes with me, where I’ll unpack the core principles that can transform how you relate to past and future digital assets.
I’ll get you to engage with some practical activities so you have the experience of taking the first steps, that you can continue to develop in your own time.
Numbers in this webinar will be capped at 20, so I can be sure that those who join get the most from it. Don’t worry, if you miss this one, I’ll do another.
To grab a place, enter your email address in this Google form
Stand out from the crowd
The ability to intentionally and strategically allocate our attention is a competitive advantage in a distracted world. ~ Tiago Forte
The Tsunami of digital information continues to grow, but embracing the digital revolution, and learning the art of managing information across your work and personal life means you’ll stand out from the crowd. But more than that, you’ll be moving your life and work closer to your goals.
Here’s what some people have said about a four week online course we just completed:
I started out wondering if CORA might be useful to me and ended up wondering how I'd managed without it. Now I'm feeling eager to get on and bring information from all aspects of my life into it, and I want all my busy friends to use it too.
Over the course of 4 zoom sessions, James guided us through the Why, Workings, and Practical use of CORA. James' style was inclusive and interactive, fitting my "Learning by Doing" style. I’m now practicing what I have learned so CORA becomes my go-to place for organising my life!
I need more focus on the many projects (work and personal), but the tsunami of information that comes in via email, texts, social media and web often overwhelms me. NOT ANY MORE! James has developed an easy-to-use solution called CORA. Take all your projects, thoughts and tasks out of your head, your paper notes, lists or however you file them and store and access on any device. The retrieval system is fantastic. James' online tutorial worked a treat and I'm progressively using CORA more each day. It's a game changer if you're busy and feeling overwhelmed.
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