Second Brain screenshotTom Mighell and I got the idea to do something we call the “Second Brain project” back in 2020. We first discussed it in a podcast we called “Eureka! – The Beginnings of Dennis and Tom’s Second Brain Project.” We’ve now done a total of eight episodes on our thinking and our progress. The most recent of which was called “Dennis and Tom’s Second Brain Update..”

We started with a blank slate. We knew we wanted a tool that covered four main wants for us: capturing, organizing, “actioning,” and sharing.

Tom and I realized that we had some different priorities. What was interesting, however, is that we both independently decided on the same core tool – Notion.

I thought this was a good time to share some of my progress. I’ve completed version 2.0 of my Second Brain and am on track to complete version 3.0 by the end of this month.

I’m now tracking projects with several dashboards. I’m collecting and categorizing my notes. I’ve created a “reference notebook” with links from a variety of sources. And I’ve collected commonly-used materials in one place.

Notion’s simple, but powerful, databases with ways to show a variety of views and connect databases have been the key and opened ways for me to work that hadn’t seemed possible before.

My latest additions have been a daily habit tracker, daily reflections capture, and an OKR (Objectives and Key Results) tracker.

And it’s personally tailored to me.

I feel both that I’m just getting started and that I’ve come far farther that I expected I could back in June 2020. Not a bad COVID project and one that should have great longevity.

I suspect that I’ll be writing and speaking about this project in 2021.

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