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From Mathemagenic : Information overload: questions and PKM: purposes and practices
In the Information overload post Lilia’s hypothesis –

it’s not about information overload, but our practices of dealing with information.

And she asks –

  • How do you manage multitasking? Strategies, tips and tricks to handle multiple processes…
  • How do you manage working with multiple sources needed for a task? Especially when there are a lot of them and they are in different formats (emails, files, paper documents, IM talks, coffee-table discussions).
  • How do you manage awareness? How do you monitor multiple sources of information that could be useful in the future? (I use weblogs :)
  • From the PKM post –

    Purpose is about what and why – e.g. capturing ideas, so they do not fly away and are available later. Practice is about how – e.g. writing ideas down as weblog posts or creating concept maps.
    Practice needs further elaboration – I have some categories in mind, but they do not fit together well.
    I’m thinking of methods and tools (methods more about strategy and tools are needed to execute it). For example, for documenting ideas a strategy would be to catch bits of ideas separately and to establish their relations to each other. This could be done by many tools, e.g. by writing in a weblog and linking posts with categories or links, by creating a concept map, by writing ideas on pieces of paper and then sorting them in groups… Tools that we have at our disposal and are capable of using influence our choices of strategies, but strategies invoke search for better tools…
    Process is about steps – what to do when (e.g. get an idea, tink of blogging it, find time to blog, start writing, think of relations, find other relevant posts and add links, finish, click submit button).
    Artefacts are “things” used or produces in a process: weblog posts, concept maps, paper cards with ideas…
    Awareness is a strange thing… I can’t define it properly, don’t know where it belongs, but know that it belongs to the picture.
    There are a few issues around purposes and practices:

    1. PKM purposes are often implicit, so choices of corresponding practices (=implicit and may be not optimal)
    2. Practices are often invisible (=not accounted for)
    3. Practices are interrelated: we use similar strategies or same tools for different purposes, we multitask on processes and have to fit them into definite time and artefacts could play different roles (e.g. as input, output or tool) (=all these things collide in time and space, leading to interruptions, dublication, conflicts and other non-productive things).

    Written by anol

    February 24th, 2005 at 5:36 am

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