Daily Productive Sharing 143 - How to Build Your Idea System?

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(The English version follows)


如何构建我们自己的创意体系?在今天的分享中,Mike Schmitz 把他的创意体系构建归结为四步:

  1. 捕捉 - 使用手边的工具把脑子中的点子记录下来,无关好坏;
  2. 整理 - 每天有固定的时间用于整理捕捉下来的点子;
  3. 升华 - 使用脑图来升华整理好的点子;
  4. 创造 - 基于脑图来创造。

我们的 Daily Productivity Sharing 也有类似的创建步骤:

  1. 捕捉 - 每天我们会用 RSS 阅读器浏览订阅的文章;
  2. 整理 - 把可用的文章放到 Goodlinks,同时打上对应的主题标签;
  3. 创造 - 每周我们有固定的时间把整理好的文章写出来,事先在 Obsidian 里创建模版,然后把内容填入,并且和过往的分享管理起来;
  4. 发布 - 使用 Substack 的定时发布功能,我们可以预先批量准备好内容。



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How do we build our own idea system? In today's sharing, Mike Schmitz boils down his idea system building to four steps.

  1. capturing - use the tools at hand to record the ideas that come to mind, regardless of whether they are good or bad.
  2. curating - a set amount of time each day is devoted to curating the captured ideas.
  3. developing - using the mind map to sublimate the ideas that have been collated.
  4. creating - create based on the brain map.

Our Daily Productivity Sharing has a similar creation process.

  1. capturing - each day we browse through the subscribed articles using our RSS reader.
  2. curating - putting available articles into Goodlinks, with corresponding subject tags.
  3. crecreatingate - each week we have a set time to prepare articles we have compiled, creating templates in Obsidian beforehand, then filling in the content and managing it with past shares.
  4. publishing - using Substack's scheduled publishing feature, we can prepare content in bulk in advance.

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The goal of the idea management system is three-fold:
  1. Make sure no ideas slip through the cracks
  2. Help me tell which ideas are good and which ones aren’t
  3. See how big or small an idea really is (see how deep the rabbit hole goes)
You can always get rid of the bad ideas, but you can never regenerate the missing good ones.

Whenever I capture an idea, I preface it with the prefix of “idea:”

All ideas appear fantastic the moment you have them, but if you’re able to get a little bit of distance, you can more accurately see it for what it really is.

The value in having an interconnected web of notes and ideas requires the ideas that are added be good ones.

Building a mind map is kind of a like a darkroom for your ideas. You can’t really see what the final product will look like until you spend some time fleshing it out.

I like to grab my mind map from MindNode and drop it into my writing app (Ulysses) and start writing from the outline.

I’ll go back and creates the bones of the article by adding the appropriate Markdown headers so I can easily see my sections, then I’ll start at the top and start writing.