One of my favorite blogs on Knowledge Management is Jim McGee's McGee's Musings. Recently, Jim blogged about a post he read at Inside Higher Ed by Scott McClemee, pointing to a 45 year old essay by C. Wright Mills on the importance of consistently documenting one's own thoughts in a "file or journal". To read Jim's excellent post, click here.
Okay, anyone else notice how closely Mills' points mirror the GTD model of continuously capturing one's thoughts for intelligent processing at a proper point in time? Also, it makes me think of such thought capture masters as UK billionaire Richard Branson, who is notorious for documenting his thoughts in a black student composition notebook and the Japanese billionaire whose name I don't know but saw on a documentary with a waterproof pen and writing pad to document thoughts while swimming laps. And it wouldn't be fair to touch on masters of data capture without bringing Leonardo Da Vinci's extreme thought capture practices up.
In any case, it appears the collection of one's thoughts, be they in a blog, journal, information map, etc, has been helpful to some highly productive people throughout history. Marry those tools to the corporate-grade efficiency of GTD, and life's full of newly-minted adventures.