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Building a second brain

Use Tiago Forte's PARA system to build your second brain

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What is the BASB method?

This template is a very simple layout to get started using Tiago Forte's BASB (Build a second brain) framework. In essence, it's a very useful system for outsourcing part of your long term memory and for transforming bits and pieces of information into more useful chunks you can repurpose later. You can learn more about the method and how to build a second brain by reading our guide.

What is the PARA system?

BASB is based on another of Tiago's systems, the PARA system. This system provides a simple way to organize all the information in your world in a way that surfaces the most actionable things. Once you' have a place for everything, the build a second brain method then shows you how to continuously refine, distill, and ultimately share that content.

PARA is a part of the BASB method, but you can use just the PARA system if you're not really interested in building a second brain for yourself. You can learn how to use the PARA system from another one of our useful guides.

How to use the template

The bullet journal template has two main sections, the calendar, and the monthly '⏳ Future' sections.

The calendar - A long list of months with each month containing the days for that month. You'll add your tasks, notes and events under each day.

The future logs - Each month has a '⏳ Future' section that serves as a placeholder for activities that should be completed during that month but do not yet have a specific date.

The monthly log allows you to view all the events for a given month. You create this view by clicking on the bullet for the current month and then clicking on the star ⭐️ to save that view in the left hand sidebar.

The daily log allows you to quickly jump to today and work on the day's tasks and events, and add notes. You create this view by searching for 'Today' in the menu bar and then clicking on the star ⭐️ to save that view in the left hand sidebar.

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