This is my brain on the web

During a New Year’s Day seminar in which he spoke about some things he would be tracking and doing in 2010, Dan Pink made an offhand comment that “I like lists”. This comment, along with the coming of the new year and the inspiration from the seminar, prompted me to create a new “brain” – using PersonalBrain 5.5 – to collect the lists and other resources that I find useful.

Some of the thoughts in that brain will eventually find their way into a blog post or other writing somewhere, but much of it won’t. That doesn’t mean that it’s not good information, or that it isn’t worth sharing, so I’ve uploaded the brain to as a way to share. It is very much a work in progress, both in terms of content and visual design, and as I continue to build it I will work on both. Let me know if you have any suggestions or ideas to add.

Here’s a quick look at the brain, and you can see it full size over at I may eventually find a permanent place here on my site for the brain, but for now I’ll just keep it there.

2 thoughts on “This is my brain on the web

  1. Brett, I didn’t realize you were a PB person. Excellent! I’ve got one massive Brain that is my archive of everything I might have run across. I have archival materials, references, and even currently-active projects in there. I have to be careful (in a GTD sense) that I don’t confuse the archiving and current activities, but it has worked pretty well for me thus far.

    I don’t usually use PersonalBrain to keep track of ongoing activities, though it has those capabilities too.

    I’ve done a little idea mapping with it, particularly when the map is heavily inter-connected. I prefer MindManager for topic-centered maps.


  2. Jack, I have a huge (not quite massive, yet) Brain that archives my many work projects over the past few years. Like you, I use Mind Manager to map out ideas based on a single topic – for instance a book review. What I found was that it was difficult to show, or even see, how all those things are related. And that is what PB excels at.

    Another reason I think I never mixed my personal and work related thoughts in a PB is that I always planned on sharing my personal thoughts, and that almost demands separate brains. I had originally planned to just upload it to the blog here, but had some issues when I did. PB’s is working well so far.


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