August Bradley's Pillars, Pipelines, and Vaults OS
This is part of year zero life design which is a Notion-based system for "people who feel they're not progressing in life achieve what matters most to them" via "Pillars, Pipelines & Vaults (PPV). The website is a pure appeal to people who what to be more successful in life with the Notion tool, and uses a lot of credibility-building superlative-laden language that does not say what the system actually does. He apparently started as a YouTuber and his August Bradley Llife Design channel is more informative.
I'm reviewing the 2020 video of his Notion System Overview at 2X speed.
- dashboard, pillars, pipelines, vaults as top level folders
- all needed information available
- mobile and desktop portable
Now reviewing the 2020 Pillars Pipelines and Vaults take on applying systems thinking to knowledge management.
His system principles:
- should help you focus
- should align your work to your vault and track them
- should capture, synthesize, and vault information
The essence of the system appears to be (I've changed the order here):
- Pipelines that are the progress-producing actions, results-producing processes. There are four databases for "values", "goal outcomes", "projects", and "action items". He compares this to GTD.
- Vaults are the knowledgement management system, organized in a way that helps with recall in an efficient way, also in databases: media, education, notes, tools, etc. He compares this to PARA.
- Pillars are the life segments categories, which can have their own subcategories: growth, home/life, business. Focus and Align is a master pillar for "action" and "aliognment"
To keep the balance, time-based checks are performed by Cycles at intervals year, quarter, monthly, weekly reviews. Daily tracking is what keeps it honest.
He packs a lot of different processes and methodologies into his dashboard and PPV elements, with detailed models for tasks, projects, dependencies, and so on that he has internalized. He's used Notion as a "code-free" software developer to model his conception of the day in the way most optimal for himself because he knows what is optimal as an experienced self-managing knowledge worker.
He's not kidding when he describes it as a Notion-based operating system. It is pretty sophisticated and uses Notion's database and various display options to create a dashboard that helps him see everything he needs to decide what to do. The relevant information and data is also available in Notion so you know where to find it and can grab it directly.
His Dashboards are pretty great, using Notion's document nesting and instancing to make a flexible way to show different system elements in different contexts. Notion has a lot of very rich knowledge management and scheduling element types, and he's made excellent use of them. Again, though, he also has a very rich model for everything he does. This is a perfect system for him because it models his existing complicated workflow. For other people, it would require a lot of hands on training as well as a lot of introspection about what they are really trying to do.