Actually, it’s not a simple question. The answer to it is multilayered.
First and foremost, why do you need this? Where does this need arise from? I can assume, based on my experience, that you want to increase focus, but by doing so, you’ll significantly increase the level of noise. And that usually, again in my experience, leads to the abandonment of any system.
Second, if you’ve answered the question of “why,” the next question arises almost immediately: how does all this benefit the existing system? Imagine that you’ve organized everything in one place successfully, which is a feat in itself, then what?
The third and last question is, what do you consider information? Just anything that you find interesting? Or something that you’ve thought about? And if you organize it in one inbox, then what? How often and how exactly do you process it?
So now, the practice that I’ve implemented for several years now is the following:
Not all information is worth collecting.
By this, I mean it demands careful processing and analyzing. At the beginning, it seems like a lot of work, but it turns into routine action, if you ask yourself certain questions. I have several notes, which I will publish below in a moment. Three frameworks for working with any information.
This is as simple as that; if everything lies everywhere, it means only one thing: nothing is worthy of my attention. Mail – where I keep my conversations. Books – for notes, which later are turned into notes. Zotero – for sources and everything else I think is worth thinking over.
And this, the last piece of the puzzle, is the most interesting. Zotero is a place where I collect everything, from articles on the net to books and articles. When I process them, with one click, they are moved to Obsidian for further processing, thinking, linking, and formulating.