Capture, Relate, and Create

What is personal knowledge management?

As a knowledge worker, you are expected to push boundaries, innovate, and solve problems.

So what is the best way to go about this?

One way is to make sure you capture, relate, and create with the ideas you are exposed to.

This is what a knowledge management system will help you do.

How many times have you started a project where you tried to find a note, a quote, resource link that you remember coming across in the past, but now you can't find it.

How can you create a system that will surface the right information at the right time?

A knowledge management workflow looks like this:


As you consume any piece of media, a book, an article, a podcast a video, capture the main ideas.

Don't take exhaustive notes, just focus on the ideas that resonate with you.


Take these ideas and relate them to other ideas you've captured in the past. There are a variety of ways to do this including linking, tagging, and adding context. This is a critical step and will keep your system from becoming a dumping ground of lost notes.


Dip into your system for ideas, do searches, rediscover old ideas. Make this the starting point of any project you are working on.

So grab any of the note-taking tools: Evernote, Notion, or Roam.

Capture thoughts and ideas, create relations and context and use them to create, innovate and solve problems.