A personal database can store a lifetime of notes, bookmarks, files, emails and patterns.
A personal database can store any data you observe, receive or create over a lifetime.
You can store notes, bookmarks, emails, images, files and data in a single database file.
Selecting what information to keep in a personal database is a skill you can develop.
Maintaining a personal database requires a lifelong commitment.
The sooner you start a personal database the more data you will have available later in life.
How Much of Your Life Do You Remember?
People remember less than one in a billion of the things they observe in a lifetime.
How did you decide which stuff to remember and which to let yourself forget?
Do you deny the parts of your life you do not remember?
Would you be the same person if you could remember every small detail of your life?
Do you often search for information you know you saved somewhere but cannot find?
Collect a Lifetime of Data In One Place
Collect paper notes and documents from school, research or projects.
Collect notes from social media accounts, on-line note systems, and note applications.
Collect on-line posts, text messages and phone messages to keep a permanent record.
Create notes to represent ideas or physical things to organize your other data.
Create problem lists, "To-Do" lists and journals for projects as sets of notes.
Create notes directly in your personal database as you think of ideas.
You could type notes every second of your lifetime and not fill a 1 Terabyte drive.
Manage Thousands of Bookmarks
Move bookmarks from browsers and on-line bookmark systems to your own database.
Create and organize indexes to on-line resources using large numbers of bookmarks.
Search your bookmarks to see if you have ever been to this website or page before.
Create bookmarks directly in your personal database as you surf the web.
You could create bookmarks to every web page you ever visit and not fill a 1 Terabyte drive.
Manage and Archive Emails, Images and Files
Move emails from on-line email systems to organize and archive in your own database.
Move emails from email applications like Outlook to organize and search.
Create and organize image libraries to use in posts and documents.
Save office files and create links to related notes, bookmarks, emails and other data.
Managing a Personal Database
An database can run in the background on a laptop or desktop computer.
Drive storage is now so cheap you can easily store and backup a lifetime of data yourself.
Setup of a database is completely automated and requires no special skills to manage.
Time spent learning to setup, backup, edit and restore a database is well worth it to:
- Have the reliability, power and speed of a professional grade database.
- Have the confidence to collect any data that might be important later.
- Edit your personal database knowing you can undo changes and restore after mistakes.
- Know that your life's work does not depend on an on-line service that may go away.
You can encrypt your hard drive and even keep backups in a safety deposit box for as much security
as you decide your data requires.
Benefits of a Personal Database
Acquiring well organized data on a subject can be better than memorizing or going to school
to learn a subject.
A well organized personal database can help when you need to memorize information for short periods
of time so you can apply the information to a problem.
You can share your ideas by sharing part or all of your personal database with others.
When you explore your database you will likely be surprised at the volumes of
information you have forgotten since you added them to the database.
You can give the database to someone when you are gone.
It is never too late to start a personal database. You can always backfill your database at any
time by setting aside time to dump everything you know about yourself or any subject into your database.
It does not even matter if your recollection is poor or even incorrect, since your database
reflects what you know and you control who sees it.