Building a Second Brain by Tiago Forte

My notes from the book Building a Second Brain by Tiago Forte.

Building a Second Brain by Tiago Forte
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My notes on the book Building a Second Brain by Tiago Forte. Overall, the book is pretty solid. If you already have an organized digital system, you may pick up some tips from the book to help you think through your current setup. If you have no system, then this system is a great place to start, as it is flexible and simple.

What is a Second Brain?

Tiago defines the Second Brain as a digital commonplace book. A multipurpose tool that can adapt to your needs and extend your mind. It consists of knowledge-building blocks that you can combine to assist you when you create something.

How a Second Brain Works.

There are four things we can expect our Second Brain to do for us:

  1. Establish our ideas.
  2. Connect ideas.
  3. Incubate ideas over time, what Tiago calls the “slow burn.”
  4. Sharpen our perspective.

There are three stages of progress during the development of our Second Brain.

  1. Remembering
  2. Connecting
  3. Creating.

The Second Brain consists of a four-part method called “CODE” - Capture, Organize, Distill, and Express.