Distributed Cognition with Tiago Forte

Boomer Anderson
October 30, 2019
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Tiago Forte is one of the foremost experts in the world on productivity, advocating how knowledge workers can revolutionize their personal effectiveness using technology. In this episode, Tiago talks about his history in micro finance, serving in the Peace Corps, consulting for silicon valley companies, and why he decided to move to Mexico City. Tiago also discusses his organizational system, known as PARA.

Who is Tiago Forte?

Tiago Forte is one of the world’s foremost experts on productivity. He writes and speaks on how knowledge workers can revolutionize their personal effectiveness using technology, and has taught more than 20,000 people around the world through his online courses and live workshops.

Tiago’s online course Building a Second Brain has been taken by more than 1,000 people from more than 60 countries. He draws on academic disciplines such as Information Science, practical fields such as User Experience Design, and his professional experience working with top organizations and leaders in Silicon Valley. Tiago believes idea management is one of the most impactful skills in the world today, and this course makes it accessible to individuals for the first time.

Previous clients include organizations including Toyota, Genentech, Nestle, and the Inter-American Development Bank, as well as startups, universities, and non-profits. His work has been featured in media outlets like The New York Times, Inc. Magazine, Lifehacker, The Atlantic, Thrive Global, and Quartz.

Tiago writes about his ideas on his blog, Praxis. In a previous life, he worked in microfinance in Latin America, served in the Peace Corps in Ukraine, and consulted for large companies on product development in Silicon Valley. He lives in Mexico City with his wife Lauren.


[2:18] Why did Tiago move to Mexico City

[5:19] Influences in developing productivity theories

[9:14] Benefits of network effect and momentum on productivity

[17:14] The guy who doesn't like Cal Newport

[27:56] Organizing the endless flow of ideas

[34:05] Michael Hyatt’s tagging is broken

[38:00] The PARA system

[44:01] What is the MESA method?

[52:58] What is the future of work look like?

[56:17] Tiago answers the Superhuman 6


Productivity for Precious Snowflakes: a Mood-First Approach to Knowledge Work

Cal Newport Deep Work

Get Stuff Done Like a Boss

Design Your Work: Praxis Volume 1

Extend Your Mind: Praxis Volume 2

Building a Second Brain

Tagging is Broken

The Mesa Method: An Outsider's Perspective

The Body Keeps the Score

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