Daily Productive Sharing 069 - Bagel 标记法

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(The English version follows)

在前天的分享中,我们简要介绍了使用不同颜色的高亮来标记阅读中的重点,无独有偶,今天的分享中,访谈嘉宾也采用类似的方法来标记,他把这一方法称为 BAGEL 标记法:

Each of those colors I’ll use to flag certain sections in a book. I call it the BAGEL method. It starts B which B stands for Big Idea.
  1. I use the blue flag for anything that’s like a big idea, things that summarize the chapter or the book.
  1. Then there’s the red flag, which I actually think is the most important. A stands for Antagonism. That’s something that is causing a cognitive dissonance or confusion, or some sort of friction in your mind. So if you read something and you feel like you don’t agree, you use the red flag. Keeping track of everything that confuses you can change your worldview, when you thought the world would work one way and it actually works in another way.
  1. The G, which uses the yellow flag, is for General Idea. I use it to flag a main idea within a chapter.
  1. The E is for External Reference, and that’s going to be the orange flag. You can flag any sort of research that’s referred to, so you can look into it later.
  1. Finally, the L is for Lists, when the author goes through several supporting points. The green flag actually came about because I kept on running out of the yellow flags, so I needed a way to flag parts where a lot of points were coming up.
The BAGEL method is basically a non-destructive progressive summarization method, because you’re not highlighting, you’re not writing in the margins.

全文在此: Interview: Using books to navigate life with Juvoni Beckford

My mom was my biggest inspiration and influence, and I learned a lot about my values through her. But books were a way for me to learn from the past, to have mentors who had lived hundreds of years ago.
I try to avoid bestsellers, books that people widely recommend, or books with a big marketing promotion. I’ll usually try to delay and wait a little bit. I prefer to read books that are older, that are more time-tested.
Non-fiction is really good to help you navigate the mental models of the physical world, so you can understand how the world works, how to gain tactics and strategies to shape things in the real world.
Fiction can unlock these internal mental models within you. And it can unlock all sorts of visions for what’s possible in the world. Similar to the hero’s journey, it’s about finding your way to some promised land and making your way back home.
I use a task management list to manage the books that I want to read. I do this because I don’t want to populate my Goodreads with too much noise. My Goodreads only contains books that I physically own.

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In our Daily Productivity Sharing 067, we introduced a highlight method in reading with different color indicating different levels of information. Coincidently, in today's sharing, the interviewee also uses a similar approach to highlight:

Each of those colors I’ll use to flag certain sections in a book. I call it the BAGEL method. It starts B which B stands for Big Idea.
  1. I use the blue flag for anything that’s like a big idea, things that summarize the chapter or the book.
  1. Then there’s the red flag, which I actually think is the most important. A stands for Antagonism. That’s something that is causing a cognitive dissonance or confusion, or some sort of friction in your mind. So if you read something and you feel like you don’t agree, you use the red flag. Keeping track of everything that confuses you can change your worldview, when you thought the world would work one way and it actually works in another way.
  1. The G, which uses the yellow flag, is for General Idea. I use it to flag a main idea within a chapter.
  1. The E is for External Reference, and that’s going to be the orange flag. You can flag any sort of research that’s referred to, so you can look into it later.
  1. Finally, the L is for Lists, when the author goes through several supporting points. The green flag actually came about because I kept on running out of the yellow flags, so I needed a way to flag parts where a lot of points were coming up.
The BAGEL method is basically a non-destructive progressive summarization method, because you’re not highlighting, you’re not writing in the margins.

The full text is here: Interview: Using books to navigate life with Juvoni Beckford

My mom was my biggest inspiration and influence, and I learned a lot about my values through her. But books were a way for me to learn from the past, to have mentors who had lived hundreds of years ago.
I try to avoid bestsellers, books that people widely recommend, or books with a big marketing promotion. I’ll usually try to delay and wait a little bit. I prefer to read books that are older, that are more time-tested.
Non-fiction is really good to help you navigate the mental models of the physical world, so you can understand how the world works, how to gain tactics and strategies to shape things in the real world.
Fiction can unlock these internal mental models within you. And it can unlock all sorts of visions for what’s possible in the world. Similar to the hero’s journey, it’s about finding your way to some promised land and making your way back home.
I use a task management list to manage the books that I want to read. I do this because I don’t want to populate my Goodreads with too much noise. My Goodreads only contains books that I physically own.

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