In order of your questions:
How can we avoid disrupting too much the original task?
Task management (and the firm scoping of tasks) is something I have long tried to understand. While segmentation frameworks for task management (Jira and Todoist are good examples) come to mind, the way that I have managed my own development of tasks is the adherence to a single, overarching explanation for why I am doing something.
Applying a tree structure to a goal has helped me to tremendously simplify and prioritize the different activities. By creating a plan prior to the outset of a project, I am much more committed to completing a task because I know what it affords me in the future.
In the example that you provided, my interpretation of the issue that you describe is that the outcomes of tasks A and B are roughly equivalent… and that the reason someone would abandon task A for task B is because they become bored, they are not related tasks, or there are different deadlines that impact the importance of one task over the other.
As long as the tasks mandate that workflows are mutually exclusive - and that therefore the time I spend on task A does not incrementally help me to accomplish task B - then the reason that I am motivated to accomplish task A in the first place is because I have assigned an expectation / standard to what I hope to achieve from the experience.
To wrap this response up, I’ll also provide an example of how my own shortcomings have supported my approach. Like many other developers, I am not for lack of new and exciting ideas… I find that I have more ideas than I can ever keep track. Every so often, I happen to sit at my computer and am able to create a repository for that idea. However, this is where the division of success starts. When I don’t take the time to define (1) what my intended outcome for the project is, and (2) how I can contribute on a semi-frequent basis, these projects almost always fail.
The axiom that I have developed for myself to address this exact question has been: the best idea is derived from a meaningful set of options. I catalogue my ideas, and then will choose - each weekend - to work on a fixed set of those activities. Those ideas that I do not choose I shelve or discard entirely.
does clipping work, or should we encourage describing the idea with our own words?
Clipping is the basis for how I take notes today. I find the best way to take engaging notes is to approach reading as if I am having a conversation with the author directly.
From an article, I generate clippings. For each of those clippings I’ll attempt to respond.
The outcome of this approach is a mixture of the options you describe.
What parts of the context are useful to capture?
I’d suggest reading this post on knowledge management which I have found helps me to determine what kind of information I clip from articles.
If clippings represent data from posts that we read, the point of the article I linked draws the conclusion that data - by itself - is not inherently valuable.
I think your question is meaningful because (I assume) the idea behind capturing components of a context is so that someone somewhere some-when else can recreate that context for themselves.
The answer that I have to your question is that my goal is neither to recreate the context of the original article, or even my thought process at the time. If the end result of clippings + my own commentary represents the meshing of two distinct voices (however similar or different they may be), what I hope to look backwards upon that interaction is how I was able to build an image of the point of the original article from my own observations, experiences, and memories. (Exactly how someone measures this is something I still have no idea how to do… but, no matter how excellent NLP is today this is still - in my own mind - a qualitative judgement.)
My questions for you:
- Does the provided framework from the article help you to shape the way that you capture information from the things that you read?
- (More of a qualitative question) How do you describe to others how the things that you have read have changed you? Does this occur in the way you act, write, think, live… etc.?