Jim Keravala on Mind Mapping

At our June Bay Area Quantified Self Show&TellJim Keravala of Flaii gave us a brief tour of the mind map he developed using TheBrain. He spends 1-2 hours a day entering information into his virtual brain, and has recorded about 65,000 thoughts so far. He feels that the main benefit he gets from it is enhanced recall, which has given him an advantage in business situations. In the video below, he reveals that he has become very attached to the system he uses and doesn’t like to be away from it for more than a few hours at a time.

Jim Karavala – The Brain from Gary Wolf on Vimeo.

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2 Responses to Jim Keravala on Mind Mapping

  1. Matthew Cornell says:

    Great stuff, Alex. I think capturing ideas helps keep your brain flexible (and unclogged) and preserves them for when they are ready to pop. Also, the act of capturing them tunes you in to noticing (and generating!) them. Finally, it’s been found that the process of writing them down is important for cognition, even if they’re unused later (from “Thinking for a living” by Thomas Davenport).
    For tools I use a (large) text file with a few macros so I can create notes that are delimited simply by four dashes and a timestamp. I use a WikiWord convention to tag items, and search using the flexible tools built in to the editor (Emacs). More about it at: My Big-Arse Text File – a Poor Man’s Wiki+Blog+PIM (http://matthewcornell.org/blog/2005/08/my-big-arse-text-file-poor-mans.html).
    I started keeping one for my professional journal in 2004, then started another one for my consulting and Think, Try, Learn work. The current one has about 7,600 entries. One thing I like is finding serendipitous connections, such as when I search for one thing then get distracted with something else along the way, or next to it. It’s like browsing books at the library – delicious spatial randomness. I think of it as opportunistic review.

  2. bodyhacker says:

    hey good stuff matthew. one of the principles of Getting Things Done is that once you have things down on paper and a good reminder system your stress level instantly eases as you don’t have to waste energy trying to re-remember things.
    thebrain.com that he uses looks pretty cool. been using MSFT’s OneNote and can’t live without it now for logging information and ideas. it’s great for screen clipping combined with outlining – using bullets and indentations to break down ideas and problems.
    Jim would probably like the supermemo system for business idea recall.

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