Tiago Forte
Hack your Mind to Boost your Productivity
Hack your Mind to Boost your Productivity
1h 6min 7 chapters: 5 Blinks + 1 Shortcasts

Tiago Forte is one of the world's foremost experts on productivity and the author of "Building a Second Brain." Based on his Second Brain system that helps you increase productivity, he'll provide practical advice and techniques to help you get your ideas from inception to fruition.

1. Give your brain some help

It’s a common misconception that great works come together whole, but in fact most great work is created piecemeal. This means instead of relying on your brain to dump out everything you’ve learned in a coherent way, you should build a system that lets you do a bit at a time.

Getting started
Getting started

3 min
The analog second brain
The analog second brain

1 min
How to take smart notes (Chapter 1)
How to take smart notes (Chapter 1)

4 min
Don’t trust your memory
Don’t trust your memory

2 min
Recap of Chapter 1
Recap of Chapter 1

Recap
2. I’ll remember this

We tend to overestimate the accuracy and retrievability of our memories. Because of this, we think “oh I don’t need to write it down, I’ll remember this”, but the chances are you won’t.

Seven sins of memory (Chapter 1)
Seven sins of memory (Chapter 1)

4 min
Create the infrastructure
Create the infrastructure

2 min
Recap of Chapter 2
Recap of Chapter 2

Recap
3. Building a Second Brain

Your second brain is your best friend, because it’s you. By using your second brain to create the infrastructure to use your ideas more effectively, you’ll make better work, easier.

Building a Second Brain
Building a Second Brain

Tiago Forte

19 min
4.5
Capture useful notes
Capture useful notes

2 min
Recap of Chapter 3
Recap of Chapter 3

Recap
4. Here’s the C.O.D.E

The second brain system largely comes down to the four steps of C.O.D.E. We’ve spoken about capture a but already, so next we’re going to talk about how to Organize.

The Organized Mind (Chapter 3)
The Organized Mind (Chapter 3)

3 min
Know where to look
Know where to look

1 min
Recap of Chapter 4
Recap of Chapter 4

Recap
5. Decisions and Direction

Knowing where to look for the ideas you’ve captured is already half the battle because these ideas already have some importance and relevance to your work but you have so many notes. That’s why the next thing you need to do is distill them into their most impactful version.

The P.A.R.A system
The P.A.R.A system

3 min
The PARA system
The PARA system

Infographic
Making creative decisions
Making creative decisions

2 min
Direction with Matthew McConaughey
Direction with Matthew McConaughey

Daily Stoic

9 min
4.2
No one can tell you what direction to go in
No one can tell you what direction to go in

1 min
Recap of Chapter 5
Recap of Chapter 5

Recap
6. Know your audience

For most people, the point of creating any great work is to share it. All of those ideas you’ve captured, organized and distilled, are useful only to you, if you don’t communicate them effectively.

Progressive Summarization
Progressive Summarization

2 min
Progressive Summarization
Progressive Summarization

Infographic
Target the audience
Target the audience

1 min
The Bullseye Principle
The Bullseye Principle

David Lewis and G. Riley Mills

19 min
4.2
Recap of Chapter 6
Recap of Chapter 6

Recap
7. What’s next? Moving forward.

I hope this Guide has been a useful starting point for you to create your own Second Brain. Start by setting up a capturing and the organizing method P.A.R.A. Soon enough you will have built and infrastructure that allows you to get your best work done more reliably.

Finish
Finish

2 min
Recap of Entire Guide
Recap of Entire Guide

Recap
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