Both of these deal with using web 2.0 tools to make our individual lives better (easier? more productive?). Reading these got me to thinking about tools and other approaches. I have an idea for another variation, that I have played with some, but haven’t perfected yet. Thanks to Steve and Stowe, I think I now see some improvements I can make in my process to make it viable.
Put it in a Wiki
First I will label my bias, I am partial to SocialText, but what I am describing here will probably work in any wiki.
My first attempt at using a wiki for organization was to build a top page index for each topic/project I was dealing with. It was clumsy and quickly became ineffective.
My approach this time is to create a unique page for each “transaction” I have (a phone call, a thought I want to capture, meeting notes, etc.) With the content documented, I can quickly index it with labels. For:
- a “To Do” that is embedded in the note, I add a “todo” tag
- a reference to a person I was talking to, I add their name as a tag
- a project reference, I add the project name as a tag
Now the cool feature in SocialText that I use here is the dynamic ability to create “weblogs” based on tags. If I want to pull out all of my todo’s I just pull up the “ToDo Weblog” and everything is listed in traditional reverse chronological order.
I have lots more to investigate here, but I see real promise in using wikis as a roll-your-own personal organization engine.