My Personal Knowledge Management Systems : Evernote, Instapaper and OneNote

Its about time I updated my old post on personal knowledge management.  Things have changed somewhat since that time.

 

personal knowledge

 

Industry Updates – Twitter

I tend not to use twitter for research, however if something comes through in twitter that is of interest then it’ll get logged for either reading or captured in my research library.

 

Industry Updates – RSS

I’m still a big fan of RSS and subscribe to many streams in Feedly, these are scanned and logged for reading if appropriate.  I’ve not yet found a good tool to automatically assess items I would be interested – I’d like to (suggestions welcome).

 

Focused Research

Analyst resources, internal enterprise resources and of course Google search play primary roles.  Useful documents, data, images and information are then captured using Google plugins for Instapaper, Evernote and Pinterest.

 

Reading

Instapaper is the tool of choice.  The web client and the iPad/iPhone clients are great for reading at my desk, on the move or on the sofa at home.  I probably don’t spend enough time reading.

 

Personal Knowledge Library

Evernote is just the best thing since sliced bread for me.  I have a catchall folder and every once in a while I’ll move things to folders and tag them.  Primarily though its a search index.  Folders I’ll have a love affair with for a month or so and then drop them again reverting to search.

 

Note-taking and initial action capture

I can’t find a better tool here than OneNote.  As mentioned in a previous post you can’t beat it in conference meetings.  It doesn’t only work well for  me in conference meetings but also in day to day work meetings.  OneNote will generally be opened on half of my secondary screen in the minimal clutter mode shown below.  My primary screen will be running or consuming the meeting (most of my meetings are remote web conferences).  I’m looking forward to switching enterprise productivity applications soon so that I can use the integration with Outlook and then the onward integration with MilkSync to take actions into Remember the Milk.

 

onenote meeting use

 

Ultimately the result is an enterprise note taking system and a personal knowledge system; the contents of the latter is I suppose the tangible knowledge value that I have and bring to bear daily….I wonder how this will change over the next 24 months.