Lists are not synthesis

Lists are a useful organizational tool and provides a simple interface to capture everything: quickly offloading thoughts without the burden of complex structure. As they grow larger they become less effective knowledge medium because it homogenously represents increasing quantities of information without making clear the connections between the items, a non-temporal form of Designed to disappear. The system will not tell you when the list is too big, and so making lists leads to infinity. As such, lists are better in smaller finite sizes.

Knowledge work should accrete, and this requires synthesis more than collection. Transform the fairly mechanical process of list-making into a creative one by using language as the connective tissue between items to express relationships and [[write what isn't written]]. Imagine that every infinite list is a queue. When I'm writing something that isn't a todo list, sometimes I make this explicit to myself by using the silly hashtag #ThisIsAList.

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