Ever wished you could remember everything you’ve read? After watching Ali Abdaal’s video
on how he remembers what he reads, watches & listens to on a day-to-day basis, I was curious enough to start to build a similar system for myself.
Just like this newsletter you are reading right now, we all consume different bits of content - some of which we want to hang on to. But just saving the link somewhere doesn’t mean we keep that idea in our minds over time, let alone action it in our lives.
Your content system needs to have three elements:
Capture (book highlights, articles, tweets, podcasts etc.)
Review (get reminded about those captures regularly)
Integrate (try and use those ideas in your everyday life)
Ways to capture may include apps like Instapaper/Pocket
(for articles), Airr
(for podcasts), Kindle (for eBooks) etc.
A great way to review those captures is an app called Readwise
. It syncs automatically with all those apps, and even lets you add books you’ve read that it already has highlights/notes for. It then sends you a daily email with three of those captures for your review.
It helps you retain those ideas you get out of what you consume, and makes them far more actionable over time.