How creative would you be if you had a better memory? Well, you can remember more of your life, if you "life log".
This wonderful article in Fast Company, "A Head For Detail", will give you some ideas:
For the past seven years, Bell has been conducting an audacious experiment in "lifelogging"--creating a near-total digital record of his experience. His custom-designed software, "MyLifeBits," saves everything it can get its hands on. For every piece of email he sends and receives, every document he types, every chat session he engages in, every Web page he surfs, a copy is scooped up and stashed away. MyLifeBits records his telephone calls and archives every picture--up to 1,000 a day--snapped by his automatic "SenseCam," that device slung around his neck. He has even stowed his entire past: The massive stacks of documents from his 47-year computer career, first as a millionaire executive then as a government Internet bureaucrat, have been hoovered up and scanned in. The last time he counted, MyLifeBits had more than 101,000 emails, almost 15,000 Word and PDF documents, 99,000 Web pages, and 44,000 pictures.The article mentions DevonThink, which I purchased when I first bought a Mac. At the time, I wasn't used to a Mac and found the program a little complex. Now I'm a Mac wizard (grin), I'll take another look at the program as part of my life-logging armory.
If you're a Windows maven, I like MS OneNote - it doesn't have DevonThink's classification capabilities, but it's a good program for scanning in index cards, mind maps drawn on scraps of paper, and clippings.
Do you intend to life log? Leave a note in the comments, and share your thoughts.
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