I’m still revamping my personal knowledge mastery practice (PKM) using (and beta testing) Sea Salt Learning’s Social Leadership cards ; ) I am also still working on the Trust Through Consistent Action card – this is part 2 of that series.
It part 1, I shared that I wan’t really being that consistent and that felt I my process needed an overhaul. In this post I want to explain the thinking behind my process and my target goals for executing.
I am currently find info using filters I have set up in Feedy (how I subscribe to blogs), on twitter using HootSuite (setup tabs based on interests), ad hoc searching, and communities/networks I am involved in.
When I review/scan any content I ask myself a few questions:
- Is it useful? If not, i delete it or ignore it.
- If it is useful, do I have time to do something with it now or do I need to save it for later? If I can process it now, I try to make sense of the information. If I don’t have time but I think I want to do something with it, I save for later in an Evernote Inbox adding a note about what intrigued me so I know why I saved it when I triage my Inbox at a later time.
Side Note: Thoughts on Saving for Later
My goal is to try and go through my Inbox 2 times a week and deal with what’s in there. I ask myself the following questions again:
- Is it still useful? If not, i delete it.
- Can I use it during this planned sense making session? If not, do I really need to hold on to it if I can’t process it right now? If I do, it stays in the Inbox until I can. If I can, I go through my sense-making process.
I always try to remember that stuff floats back to you. If I don’t need it now or in the near future, I try to let it go.
If it’s something I have time to dive into now, there are a few choices I make about what I want to do with that content.
- Is it something I want to curate on ScoopIt, Flipboard or my internal work network?
- Is it something I need to deep dive into because I am trying to acquire new knowledge and add value to a certain topic?
- or is it something that I want to “engage” with? To me this means just a quick tweet to share content or a comment on someone’s work.
Sometimes the answer is any number of combinations above.
I also ask myself the following questions (questions 1-3 come from Jane Hart’s PKM Process)
- does this add something key to what I already know?
- does this take my own thinking forward?, or
- does this even change my thinking about what I already know?
- will the content or the content I am synthesizing add value to anyone I know?
- if I want to enage with the content is it purposeful?
If the answer is yes to any of these questions I share the content, adding my own insights or thoughts on why I am sharing. If not I purge the content.
I tend to think that I can share content actively and inactively. When I publish content on my blog, medium, or a curation tool, I view this as inactive sharing. This is because people have to search or subscribe to find. I am not actively promoting or pointing people to the content I created/synthesized.
Whereas on Twitter or LinkedIn, I try to share content that is purposeful (meaning that it benefits someone other than myself) so that I can build/foster relationships. If I actively shared everything I found, created, or thought interesting, I would be spamming my network and not adding value.
Harold Jarche’s PKM Workshop and John Stepper’s WOL circles really drove this point home for me.
Side Note: Sharing While Working Out Loud
In the instance of acquiring knowledge/adding value, it sometimes takes awhile. I use tools like Evernote or DIIGO to highlight key points and take notes. Sometimes I work out loud on this content and share half backed ideas to my blog but only when I think my thought process may help someone or I need feedback on what I am thinking about. It has to be purposeful in order for me to actively share/promote it.
Target Time Frame
The following is how I try to schedule out my time. I know it looks like a lot but since this work is part of my job and has now become just part of what I do, it’s hard to separate it out from my daily work. Timing is also part of where the personal comes in – you can do what you can do. Don’t compare yourself to others.
I am hoping that I can follow this process and get back in the game. It’s a collection of what I have been doing all along, just not in a consistent manner. In addition, I hope that by documenting my process, I can continue to evolve it as well as form stronger relationships based on my consistent action.