#06: 📚 Build a body of work
Make your work more valuable over time
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When I started publishing my notes one of the first was about building a body of work. Hilariously, it was 5 bullet points about “why” and 14 bullet points about “how.”
Not very helpful.
Fast forward to February 2021 and the note finally has more narrative content to it, which is good news because there are 16 mentions of [[build a body of work]] found throughout The Refined Mind notes, so it’s an important piece to have written.
When you consistently produce work you believe in—creative work that’s fueled by intrinsic motivation as opposed to external forces—the volume of work grows and becomes more and more valuable over time.
As you’ll see below there are many other updates to the site, especially in context of my digital ecosystem.
Knowing how to think, how to create, and how to socialize are perhaps the penultimate skills of our lives, second only to knowing how to learn.
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2021-02-01 — Building a body of work
Added Buy Me A Coffee link to the footer
Finally wrote something real about why to build a body of work.
Building a body of work is an act of compounding, which might be one of the most powerful forces we have as humans.
2021-01-29 — More on American inequality
2021-01-19 — Obsidian, Roam Research, and note updates
The tool is designed for and automatically connects notes with one another to help you build out your web of thinking by writing similarly to how we think: non-linearly.
Newsletter signup form on notes pages
Renamed My new design system to my digital ecosystem and totally reworked the note
After much experimentation and exploration of new practices and tools, I’ve made significant improvements to my learning and knowledge management system. It’s considered a work in progress, however, as it’s always being iterated on and improved as my needs evolve and change.
Added products I love to Tools for managing information overload and improving how we think are on the rise
These tools can help you go from idea capture to new thing created if you use them effectively.
Renamed “How to take smart notes” to “How I take smart notes” because I can only share what works for me, not what others should do
Taking notes is about collecting information and ideas in this moment, and making them available for our future selves to act upon. We’re seeding ideas now and helping them grow stronger as we explore and learn new things.
Instead of having a thought and then thinking “where do I want to put this?”—and then having to think about what app to open, the only concern is immediately capturing the thought. BAM. done.
The content in Evernote is interacted with less frequently, but is housed in a trustworthy place. It’s a great place to store things that need to be recalled on occasion but aren’t interacted with regularly.