Hi all. I’ve been lurking for a while. I’ve spent weeks trying to figure out the perfect PKM system despite knowing that I should “just get started”.
I finally really got stuck into it today, and it really is such a release to stop caring about the most efficient system and to just start writing.
In celebration I wanted to share my first note with you which is based on a logical fallacy that I identified in myself that I have coined the Efficiency Fallacy.
[[The Efficiency Fallacy is an error in thinking where one believes that the most efficient process will equate to an optimum result.]]
Efficiency is a rigid concept where the input, output and waste is strictly defined. Because of the strictly defined parameters, efficiency can usually be represented and a ratio of the output divided by the input. It makes it easy to understand and represent as a single number.
Being optimal on the other hand is being strategic. Developing a strategy with an understanding of the variables at play, the environment that you are in and the obstacles that you need to adapt to.
Optimisation is still has input and output but secondary outputs or considerations may arise to ensure the viability or quality of the final output. The output has qualifiers.
Sometime the best optimisation strategy is to test and learn and then to iterate (or optimise) as you learn more.
Making a process more efficient is a valid tactic for achieving an optimal result. But only when you understand how the process interact with the overall ecosystem.
An example Reading books:
The efficiency approach would be to use software to increase your reading speed to make your reading speed more efficient. Input is time, output is words read, ratio = Words per minute WPM.
An optimal approach would be to first know what you want to achieve from reading the book. Skim the contents and introduction, then update what you want to get out of it. Speed read parts that are less relevant, deeply read and take notes on areas that are.
Just wanted to share
Happy new year!