I read a lot of non-legal books — mostly business books — to help me generate ideas on improving my legal practice and to get ideas for posts in this blog. I usually buy the books I read, and fold down the corner of each page that has something I want to come back to. However, what tends to happen is that I end up with a bunch of books on my bookshelf with beat-up pages that I’ve not looked at since I read them in the first place.
This brings me to my resolution for the day (and a simple Knowledge Management tip):
Whenever you finish a book, copy each page you “marked” while reading it. Put the copies in an idea file that you review regularly — or at least when you are stuck and need to think creatively.