Recent reading has included “Pragmatic Thinking and Learning” by Andy Hunt, from @progprog. Most interestingly, it covers almost exclusively topics that I have absorbed over the last 30 years or so – meditation, context switching, personality types, left/right brain thinking, mind maps, GTD, and so on. I didn’t realise that I knew so much! I can’t check the history easily (Amazon and Wikipedia don’t show copyright dates), but I found mind maps in the early 70s. The other most interesting fact is that the terminology Andy uses is almost entirely different from that I learned (apart from Mind Maps). So I had experienced zazen, some different personality type systems, Time Manager, and some others.
One of the ideas I had come across independently was the use of a personal wiki – I was using TiddlyWiki a few years ago (2006), mainly as a book reviewing tool, then gradually stopped using it. So this was my trigger to check if it still existed, and where it had gone to in the intervening years.
To get an idea of TiddlyWiki’s current state, take a look at the multi-user forum in 15 minutes video.
The book is on the Pragmatic Programmer’s site at http://pragprog.com/book/ahptl/pragmatic-thinking-and-learning .