Using Cognitive Jigs to Organize Ideas in Thortspace
A 100-Day Project
Today, I got the idea of using cognitive jigs to organize information in every Thortspace sphere. Thortspace is a visual mapping tool that we use regularly. By using cognitive jigs to organize every sphere, we hope to achieve consistency in how we record information in Thortspace. In turn, consistent organization will enhance readability and reuse. We will do a 100-day project to develop this technique. We expect that this technique will work. Hence, we decided to start the 100-Day project immediately.
Cognitive jigs are reusable structures that we use to organize visual and/or tactile maps. A small number of jigs are used repeatedly to build visual maps in a systematic and consistent way. Cognitive jigs are templates that can be used repeatedly to organize information. Read about cognitive jigs here.
Jigs are often familiar structures. Two such jigs are lists and barbells (relationships between two ideas). While many jigs are familiar, others are not. One such jig is the RDS (Relationship — Distinction — System) jig. The RDS jig is a useful combination of the DSRP (Distinction, System, Relationship, Perspective) elements. Jigs are re-useable structures of knowledge and thinking that increase cognitive efficiency. A jig is a common conceptual template that can be used over and over again in your thinking.
We decided to use a distinct color for each cognitive jig. Initially, we will be using the following jigs:
- Compare and contrast
- Part party
- RDS (Relationship-Distinction-Systems)
- Sequence flows
- Mix and Match
Day 1: 02–27–2022
- Organized Ananth’s BBA review sphere with cognitive jigs.
- Organized Ananth’s Coding sphere with cognitive jigs
- Organized the Families Learning Together sphere using cognitive jigs.