In order to effectively express your ideas and knowledge with others, you need to create a system for managing the smaller pieces of work that make up your projects. These smaller pieces are called Intermediate Packets (IPs) and can include distilled notes, outtakes, work-in-process, final deliverables, and documents created by others.
Reusing IPs frees up your attention for more creative thinking.
To retrieve these IPs, there are four methods: search, browsing, tags, and serendipity.
Search is useful when you know what you’re looking for, browsing allows for gradual navigation and contextual clues, tags infuse your Second Brain with connections, and serendipity involves keeping your focus broad, utilizing visual patterns, and sharing ideas with others to introduce an element of unpredictability.