On compartmentalization of thought

I want to be a person who can organize his thoughts properly and act upon them much like compartments in a filing cabinet. A situation arises, you open a compartment, deal with it and close it.

Although, this also brings up the matter of being too unemotional, which may further lead to being inefficient in some facets of my life, defeating the original purpose of being more productive. I admire people like Napoleon, who is thought to have been able to work on several different things at the same time. Whether he was efficient at all these tasks, I do not know. But I still admire the ability. That, I think is the product of being able to compartmentalize thoughts into neat little subjects. Think of it as a modern multitasking computer with the only task being filing topics….constantly..

2 thoughts on “On compartmentalization of thought”

  1. Just came upon your thoughts on compartmentalization of thought. I hope that I am not six years too late and posing some questions:
    1. Do you envision a taxonomy that would present a structure for the compartmentalization of thought?
    2. Break it down:
    a. The name of the file drawers
    b. The name of the files in each drawer
    c. The general content of each file.
    3. You envision a pattern that would enhance our involvement with and design of more interactive computers?

    Thank you,
    David M. Loucas, MD

  2. Never too late..
    Some comments on your post…
    1) I’m not a big fan of taxonomy. Taxonomy is inherently based on knowledge of what you already know and is not really future proof. This leads to inflexibility over time. Take any prevalent taxonomy system today – dewey decimal, bio-species etc, you will find that certain branches of the system are way too overloaded because the originator of the system did not envision that branch growing as big. I don’t have a solution. I do kind of like tagging, or free-form keyword association and a dynamically evolving taxonomy based on node-graph theory.
    2) Breaking down the metadata always helps.. I would still like a free form break down, not just based on name of files or contents but any dynamic label that you’d like to index on , could be date, could be modified-date etc..
    3) yes.. I think that’s generally how our brain works in organizing patterns.. it’s free form association based on dynamic metadata..

    Thanks.. not sure if this clarifies my thought process or muddles it further..
    comments welcome.

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