Do you another brain?

Meredith Bond
4 min readMay 26, 2024

Starting last Fall and continuing on through this whole year, I’ve been exploring and playing with Personal Knowledge Management. I wrote another blog post on the topic, but today I want to talk about another new-to-me concept: Second Brain.

I’m discovering that this is something other people have been thinking about for a long time. In 2015 David Allen published his book Getting Things Done: The art of Stress-free Productivity*. It started a revolution.

Later, a man named Tiago Forte popularized the expression “Second Brain” as a method of note taking and keeping track of your life — everything from to do lists to keeping track of information. He teaches the PARA method:

Projects: short term things you want to do which have a specific outcome. For example, “write a short story for newsletter.” I know what I need to do, I know it’s not going to take a great deal of time. And I know precisely who my audience is and where this story is going to published.

Areas: these are on-going things in your everyday life. Exercise, diet, finances, etc.

Resources: Information you’ve saved and will need in the future, ie all that research you’ve done for the book you’re writing.

Archives: Information you no longer need at the tips of your fingers, but aren’t going to get rid of because you may…



Meredith Bond

Award winning author, Meredith Bond's books straddle that beautiful line between historical romance and fantasy. Merry is also a writing coach and formatter.