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The role of automation in my Second Brain

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How I reduce cognitive load through automating my Second Brain 🧠

In my Second Brain I need to maintain several workflows.
To focus on what truly matters I leverage automation to delegate mundane tasks.

8 automations supercharge my system:
🤖 Obsidian shortcuts for speed
🤖 Loupedeck for custom control
🤖 Templates for efficient note-taking
🤖 Data views for quick note overviews
🤖 Automated sharing to my digital garden
🤖 Easy import of images, documents & voice notes
🤖 Rule-based note filing for effortless organization
🤖 Seamless integration of highlights from Matter and Kindle

Automation frees my mind. It lets you be more creative, more reflective, and more impactful.

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How I reduce cognitive load through automating my Second Brain

In my Second Brain I maintain several workflows. To simplify and reduce cognitive load automation and shortcuts are key to me.

8 automations that help me in my daily Second Brain work:

  • I learned and repeated the main shortcuts on Obsidian.
  • I invested in a Loupedeck controller and added several Obsidian specific shortcuts to simplify creating notes
  • I use templates for my different note types (Fleeting Notes, Literature Notes, Permanent Note, Index Note)
  • Combined template for automated moving of notes to the right folder
  • automated import of all Matter highlights and all Kindle highlights
  • semi automated import of images, documents, voice memos
  • semi-automated export to my digital garden
  • leverage data views to aggregate notes overviews. E.g. all my LinkedIn articles or all my Kindle books

I observe where I use repeated activities and invest in continuously improve my approach with automations. This way I can focus on important, higher level topics and leverage technology to help me getting rid of mundane tasks.

Posted on LINKEDIN on 2024-05-09_Thu


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