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SASM 046 - How to Organize Your "Lives" with Gordon Bell

Gordon BellGordon Bell has seen and done things you and I can't imagine.

He's been, and still is, a major part of computing and engineering history. This barely scratches the surface, but Gordon has:

  • Advanced degrees from prestigious places like MIT.
  • Researcher Emeritus status at Microsoft.
  • Crazy computing street cred from his role in creating the first mini- and time-sharing computers.

Right now, though? Gordon's going to tell you how to join the e-memory revolution. Not only that, but he's pioneering a way to organize your “lives” – yes, I said “lives” – in a holistic, comprehensive way.

You may have heard that I believe in intentional, selective curating. But Gordon has no need for Experience Curating.

That's because he captures everything and discards nothing. In other words, he has the systems and tools to grab anything he sees, hears, and physically feels.

Is that nuts, or what?!

As he writes in his book Total Recall:

The hard part is no longer deciding what [digital information] to hold on to, but how to efficiently organize it, sort it, access it, and find patterns and meaning in it.

Whether or not you've considered lifelogging or the Quantified Self movement – or heck, even if you've never heard of these things – you don't need to be a futurist to get a ton from this conversation.

Go back in time and come far into the future with Gordon … because you might discover what you can do to create an amazing e-memory legacy.

You're about to Learn …

  • How to efficiently and enjoyably organize your life into “lives.”
  • Why the big tech question should be “Should we … ?”
  • How Gordon went paperless a full decade before practically anyone else.
  • Why it's important to work on “stuff” as a kid.
  • How great e-memories can make us healthier, wealthier, and wise.
  • What you can achieve with focus and amazing collaborators.
  • The evolution of MyLifeBits (and why you can't have it).

Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode:

Topics

  • [04:17] Gordon's seeds of awesomeness
  • [09:23] The origins of Total Recall
  • [14:18] The evolution of MyLifeBits
  • [18:41] The philosophy behind “Capture everything. Discard nothing.”
  • [24:52] How e-memories will make you healthier
  • [33:50] Why lifelogging can be at odds with simple living
  • [38:51] How to organize your digital life
  • [44:43] Tools for Total Recall

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