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How do you manage knowledge/information

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Hello,
at the moment I am working on a container vessel and have some free time. When I finish, I would like to try starting a business again.
Right now I would like to make the basics right to have it easier when I am at shore again.
I used to collect information I deemed important to me and wrote it down in one general document. For books, I used to summarize them. For some skills (like negotiate) I made extra pages, because they deemed more important to me. Then I would read every week the general document, a book summary and an extra page to try to get as much from them as possible. That worked out not as good as I liked it, that's why I would like to change it.
The goal should be to collect easy, fast and efficient important information to learn something from them in the long run. Either by knowing it or by looking it up. What do you think?
How do you manage your knowledge and information? What do you do when you watched a video and found something important to you, or read a book with lots of helpful tips and tricks that you can use either right now or in the next few weeks? For me, it feels like I have to write it down, because otherwise I would forget it more or less immediately. I already try to write down only things that would really help me later. Is it maybe just too much consumption from my side, so that the general amount of information should be way less?


The only solution I came up with is to put information into to categorize:
  1. Information like tips for negotiating get into a separate document where I can find everything related to negotiation. When I'm heading into a negotiation, I'll look this document up and get the things that are important for this specific event.
  2. Information that are useful every day, that should be somewhere in my mind (for instance that some problems need to be solved and that some are just dichotomies that need to be manged). These will be put into another software and learned with spaced repetition. This amount should be as small as possible.
  3. Information that is not necessary to me right now or in the next few weeks: will be categorized and saved for later use.


What do you think about this solution? Am I just overthinking this?


Thank you very much in advance!
 
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Hello,
at the moment I am working on a container vessel and have some free time. When I finish, I would like to try starting a business again.
Right now I would like to make the basics right to have it easier when I am at shore again.
I used to collect information I deemed important to me and wrote it down in one general document. For books, I used to summarize them. For some skills (like negotiate) I made extra pages, because they deemed more important to me. Then I would read every week the general document, a book summary and an extra page to try to get as much from them as possible. That worked out not as good as I liked it, that's why I would like to change it.
The goal should be to collect easy, fast and efficient important information to learn something from them in the long run. Either by knowing it or by looking it up. What do you think?
How do you manage your knowledge and information? What do you do when you watched a video and found something important to you, or read a book with lots of helpful tips and tricks that you can use either right now or in the next few weeks? For me, it feels like I have to write it down, because otherwise I would forget it more or less immediately. I already try to write down only things that would really help me later. Is it maybe just too much consumption from my side, so that the general amount of information should be way less?


The only solution I came up with is to put information into to categorize:
  1. Information like tips for negotiating get into a separate document where I can find everything related to negotiation. When I'm heading into a negotiation, I'll look this document up and get the things that are important for this specific event.
  2. Information that are useful every day, that should be somewhere in my mind (for instance that some problems need to be solved and that some are just dichotomies that need to be manged). These will be put into another software and learned with spaced repetition. This amount should be as small as possible.
  3. Information that is not necessary to me right now or in the next few weeks: will be categorized and saved for later use.


What do you think about this solution? Am I just overthinking this?


Thank you very much in advance!

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