I have been up since 7:30am with the intent to give some time to a writing project I’ve let slip by the wayside for a couple of days now. I changed my sheets, had breakfast and sat down around 8:15-ish to begin. But first took a phone call. Then shot off a couple of emails. Then got coffee. I’m ready now. It’s now after 11am and the only thing I’ve done is open the Word file to review where I left off in the work. To be semi-fair to myself I needed to reference information I had bookmarked. Unfortunately, I’ve tossed a lot of things into the bookmark folder for this project, and others, over time. It was a mess. Notice I say was.
If I were Sherlock Holmes, then Bookmarks are my mind palace. I can find any piece information stored in my bookmarks, provided, like any filing system, I have stored it properly first. Regrettably, I’ve been doing a lot of just stick it here for now. A. Lot. Speaking of Sherlock, for instance, I have no idea what I was thinking when I dropped a bookmark of the Mars rover named Sherloc, with an assistant aptly named Watson in the midst of bookmarks for medical and forensics, but there it was. [Don’t ask, I (like to?) imagine I’m one of those people on a government watch list for the things I research.] A link to a YouTube video on the Maned Wolf was mixed in a folder on fencing, which also had a link on Wari Tombs (I said don’t ask). Suffice it to say the reorganizing of one folder, turned into an overhaul of several before my mind palace of bookmarks is a cohesive system up to my standards again.
An excellent sense of accomplishment on one end, but not what I set out to accomplish on the other. And in the midst of it remember I need to slice today. So this is me, now looking at noon creeping up on the clock, posting in the hopes that, after lunch, I have no other distractions and can buckle down to – wait- what was I doing again?
I completely feel you on this, and I’m happy to write further in my comments. But first I need to fold the laundry. And make a to-do list. And plan out the meals for the week. And respond to my emails. But first let me handle this puppy that needs my attention. And respond to my kids. And and and.. =)))
Oh those squirrels do keep a’coming don’t they? Thanks.
Oh, you clever person you. Hiding bits of information in unrelated files so that only you can pull them out and thus hampering those who are trying to hack your computer to gain the valuable information you have secreted there. Which branch of the service did you say you work for?
HAHAHAHA! I’d tell ya, but… 😀
I do so identify with this post. Squirreling away links, images and other bits of information only works if you can find them again in an over crowded Mind Palace…especially if you are minding more than one of and regularly fall behind on organizing as you go. OneTab has become my go to “just stick it here for now” digital McGee’s closet step before bookmarking.
OTOH fascinating but overlooked links will pop when least expected. Such are the joys of serendipity….
Serendipitous links is a very real thing.