The question arises from the fact that there are many systems on the market. For example, Tiago Forte’s or Getting things done.
But then it stays there. You can then create hyperlinks, you can link the notes to each other, you can use checkboxes, something that I recently got to know, you can do all that. But a system like this is actually measured by how useful it is to me when it’s finished. What I can then do with it, whether it takes work off my hands, whether I can think better, whether I benefit from it in some way. And my experience is that I only benefit from it when I have a note that is my to-do list. And I write down everything I want to do there. And then I look at this and remove completed items. In other words, I create checkboxes and then mark then as done. That’s roughly how I use the system. But you can do a lot more than that. You can look at graphs. And tried that, but I’ve noticed that with graphs and other options like that, the benefits are lost. What am I doing all this for? I just see more and more information. And then I have a huge amount of information.
Having compiled all the information, what comes next? What is the next step?
In many cases, it’s only then that you realize that you’ve actually just enjoyed collecting things. Some people collect things in their home and others do it virtually. And yes, I don’t want to deny that there is a certain joy in doing that. But after you’ve just done it, you naturally think to yourself, well, what am I going to do with all this information?
How do you measure whether a system is good? Do you have benchmarks that tell you, you are running in circles and don’t move forward, what you do is just playing with the program, like a computer game, so you can stop?
Or have you never intended to be serious about it in the first place and you just enjoy ordering things there, creating hyperlinks and little scripts, format text, just for the sake of entertainment.