Process tools

December 8, 2010 § Leave a comment

While framing my thesis research question I reviewed a lot of material; I’m guessing I consulted 20 books and can’t even guess at the number of PDF documents. To keep track of important notes and quotes I used a system of sticky flags and PDF highlighter to mark sections of interest and then reviewed them to select the most important items to transfer to index cards. This was an priceless system and can not imagine trying to write my proposal without these cards.

To organize the many PDFs I covered I saved them to my computer hard drive and then printed out the most valuable ones. After printing I organized them in a binder, each with its own pocket. This came in handy and allowed me to grab the binder and quickly page through the pockets to find what I needed.

I think it worked out well and would recommend to anyone trying to tackle such a large project that they figure out an organization system early on in the process as it will pay dividends in the end.

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