The P.A.R.A. Method

PARA Part 2: Operations Manual

Last month I published The P.A.R.A. Method: A Universal System for Organizing Digital Information. It describes a simple, lightweight, yet extremely flexible system for organizing any type of digital information across any platform. The feedback I’ve gotten has been so phenomenal, I’ve made implementing P.A.R.A. the first unit of my upcoming online bootcamp, Building a

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PARA Part 3: RandomNote – Building an Idea Generator

What if you could push a button and immediately be given an idea? Not just any idea. A good idea. An idea relevant to your interests, your goals, and your current projects. What if every time you pushed this button, you also made it more likely that even better ideas would be surfaced in the

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PARA Part 4: Setup Guide

This article is a guide for getting started with PARA, an organizational system for your digital life. Here’s the 5-step process I recommend you follow: Step 1: Move existing files to a new folder called “Archive [date]” (with today’s date) Step 2: Create folders for each of your current projects Step 3: Move all the

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PARA Part 5: The Project List Mindsweep

PART 1 | PART 2 | PART 3 | PART 4 | PART 5 A version of this article was originally published on the Evernote blog In Part 1 I argued that the Project List was the lynchpin of not only P.A.R.A. and your broader PKM (personal knowledge management) system, but to your entire working

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PARA Part 7: Creating a Project Network

There have been 3 Eras of Productivity in modern times, each defined by a seminal book: To view this post, become a Praxis member. You can join for $10 per month or $100 per year. Members get access to: Instant access to the full archive of past members-only posts 1–3 new exclusive posts per month,

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PARA Part 8: Core Principles of Digital Organization

Over the past year, I’ve seen P.A.R.A. implementations of all shapes and sizes. I’ve seen them from every corner of the globe, in languages I don’t even recognize, in at least a dozen different programs, and both digital and physical forms. Over that time, seven core principles seem to have emerged as fundamental features. Whether

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