Personal Knowledge Mastery — Resources & Practices

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Tools and Resources I Use

What do your modern professional learner and designer’s toolkit, resources, activities, and communities look like? From time to time, I find it worthwhile to update and turn it into resources to use and iterate while experimenting and doing projects. To me, resources can vary from:

  • Actionable insights and contents
  • Communities – online and offline
  • Interesting networks/people
  • Tools – digital and analogue

Of course, they complement the context and what needs to be done.

You may find interesting to dive into the yearly top tools for learning brought by Jane Hart.

Below, here are the latest tools and resources I use.


A reliable tool to clarify and share my learning and work in the flow of life. Deep thoughts. Achievements. Work in progress. Research. Owning my data. I have also added lately my archive page of all the posts I published, produced and curated. I also use a Creative Commons license on my website and blog to share my craft.


It is a responsive and easy tool to be productive and keep track of my learning flows/workflows. Also, to stay focused and manage projects. It is also my go-to tool for writing and researching Clickup documents/ links/emails that can easily be searchable, archivable, downloadable, shareable and retrievable.


I manage my bookshelf through reads, laters, and readings, and I use highlights for upcoming book annotated readings I share in blog posts. I manage my library per topic. I also use Goodreads to share my bookshelf. I still read paperbacks.

Social networks

Learning and engaging one conversation at a time, asynced, over tweets, content people shared, and events they host or participate in. Follow-up. Caring about the conversation and energy with people and getting to know weak ties and strong ties.

I have retrieved bookmarks and used search to use tweets / Linkedin / Mastodon posts to turn into tasks or curated blog posts.

Google Workspace

Google Docs, Sheet, Slides, Jamboard, Sites, Keep to produce, search, manage, review and refine content productions. To get feedback from trusted people in my network and visualise and analyse data for better decision-making. Creating customised personal brand assets with Google Slides tailored templates.

Microsoft 365

I have also used Microsoft 365 intensively with my clients: Outlook, Word, Excel, Powerpoint, SharePoint, OneDrive, Stream, Whiteboard, and Tasks.

Microsoft Teams is also easy to search and retrieve anything. However, I have not yet learned how to export curated and created content. Managing documents I made or uploaded through One Drive and the Office Apps is handy. It is also the tool I learned for personal productivity, collaboration in projects with clients. I have used it to have exploration calls or catch-up calls with people in my network and to get things done with clients and partners.


Reliable to use for community calls, meetings, and live events such as meetups, conferences or webinars. I am using the recording for replay and checking out the saved text chat to dig links, thoughts, questions and answers, and notes the host and participants shared after the conversation.

In addition, I use OBS studio as a virtual camera to manage my digital live presence and create transmedia content with pressie, audio, and video for talks I give, the presentations I’ve done, and web meetings I join or host.

Google Meet is also a third video conference tool I find handy with Google Chat.


Integrate content and activities for courses and workshops I host remotely, in person or both ways with my cohort of apprentices. I also evaluate faster with a grid the deliverables they produce individually and collectively.

Last but not least, it is also a go-to resource. I enrich one session at a time to feed the learning-hungry minds of my cohorts. With a fellow learning designer and teacher, we do use it to co-host and evaluate common cohorts on topics going from digital marketing to innovation, project management and e-commerce.


I am creating bingos, posters, covers, infographics, social posts, collages, presentations, and visual synthesis.


Produce flowcharts and mindmaps that I can share with my network and embed in blog posts.


Chrome extension to manage and access quickly to daily bookmarks I use. Pocket is also my go-to read laters app, whether it is for articles or videos I have bookmarked. The extraction of quotes and highlights then go to Slack per channel/topic so that I can retrieve them later with references and hyperlinks in a future conversation or blog posts I’ll write.


I use paper books, printed newspapers, posters, radio, exhibits, paintings, pen and Moleskine, biking and walking to nurture my creativity, reflection and serendipity.


I use Slack to capture insights and thoughts on what I seek for my personal knowledge mastery quest. It is also an online community valuable platform for networking, environmental scanning and learning with an online community I belong to.

Another usage: collaborating with my team and clients.


I read blogs, newsletters and news from my favourite and diverse sources and people. New themes emerged in 2021: personal mastery, Asia, writing, self-publishing, etc. In addition, I have paid attention to leadership, workplace learning, management, and futures thinking. When I read, hear or view content, I often extract the insights or resources to archive in a Slack channel to retrieve when timely in a project, conversation or blog post.


I am staying fit and healthy through three activities: walking, biking and swimming.

Courses, Workshops & Communities

To go deep in disciplines through online courses and workshops such as the Personal Knowledge Mastery guided by Harold Jarche. Another significant way in my life to go deep and at large is through global communities.


I am listening to podcasts on the go to share actionable insights from deep conversations. I hear downloads of episodes when I am offline and on the go.


Building my playlists to dive deep into topics from subject matter experts. Catching with replays from webinars, talks, meetups, and live Q&As, I could not attend in communities I engage. Digging craft from creatives from around the world in arts. Learning from how-tos.

DeepL Translator

Translating any content using machine learning and my human skills. Especially in English-French. Sometimes, my network members share in their own local language. So I use the tool to translate documents or extracts from blog posts to understand and mull over them.

Update: exploring DeepL Write, too, to improve my writings in English.

Rotana Ty’s Top Tools for Learning & Working

2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
1 Google Sites Blogger WordPress WordPress WordPress WordPress WordPress WordPress
2 Skype Skype Meet Meet Zoom Zoom Zoom Zoom
3 Twitter Twitter Twitter Twitter Twitter Twitter Twitter None
4 Podio Podio Clickup Trello
Google Sheet
Clickup Clickup Clickup Clickup
5 Google Reader Google Reader Feedly Feedly Feedly Feedly Feedly
Google Alerts
Google Alerts
& Sites
6 Instapaper Instapaper Instapaper Pocket Pocket Wakelet Pocket Google Podcasts
7 Slideshare Slideshare Google Slides
Google Slides Google Slides Google Slides
Drawing on paper
Microsoft 365
Google Workspace
8 Flickr Flickr Flickr Flickr Google Photos Google Photos Google Photos None
9 Slack Slack Slack WhatsApp Mighty Networks WhatsApp Slack Outlook
10 Delicious Diigo Diigo Pinboard OneTab OneTab OneTab OneTab

Personal Knowledge Mastery’s Practices

“I suggest that all professionals look at their seeking knowledge, sense-making, and sharing practices and see what they can improve. This is the focus of the PKM in 40 Days online workshop.” — Harold Jarche

Here is what came up after I examined mine.

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