Following a conventional approach, you would use different programs and documents for different purposes such as managing contacts and to-do lists, launching internet and file links, keeping track of your books, music records, digital photographs, study notes, maintaining dictionaries of foreign languages and technical terms, writing down your thoughts and memories, doing brainstorming etc.
The resulting quantity and variety of files and programs could be hard to cope with, for a number of reasons, such as:
1) The high number of files in your hard disk and the need to remember contents and location of each one
2) The need to make global searches across multiple files with different formats
3) The need to switch between different programs with different modes of operation
4) The need to protect all your private data from other people
For all above reasons, you may find more convenient to have a single tool and a single file to manage all your personal information in a consistent and homogeneous way, independently of their nature and purpose, but with the ability to choose the way each piece of information should be displayed. This is exactly the idea behind APO.
In APO all data have the same internal structure and are stored in a single database, but you can choose, for every category of data, the visual interface more suitable to the particular use of the moment. So data will be displayed as a grid mainly to show search results, as a tag map to insert and update data in a creative, immediate way, as a tree structure to show the logical organization of data, as a calendar to manage timed tasks, as a random map or random items to stimulate your mind with graphically appealing and animated material.
You can use APO just as an organizer, and manage your calendar, to-do lists, links, and all sort of personal information by taking advantage of its highly ergonomic features. Or you could go beyond that and use APO also as a mind stimulator and self-improvement tool to help you reach the best possible state of mind in terms of balance, serenity, creativity, productivity and self-control.
In order to achieve this “blessed” state of mind, it is necessary that different parts of our brain communicate with each other as much as possible (not just the left side communicating with the right side). In fact, simultaneous stimulation of different mental agents may cause an information flow between them, which can result in establishing a useful relationship (e.g. a problem solving path) or reconciliation (in case of conflicting mental agents). APO will help you in achieving all that.
The APO database could function as a model of your mind, and allow you to manipulate your mind in a limited but effective manner. First, you should build the model by filling the database according to what you know and are able to remember about your past and present life, and then you may alter the model and update the database according to your rational judgement and objectives. Finally, you can feed the improved, integrated model back into your mind by exposing yourselves to the modified model through the mind stimulating functions of APO.
In fact, APO is not only a productivity tool; it is also a mind integrator and a tool for personal change management and self-improvement.