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Keynote for iPad in 5 Minutes. Personal information management. Personal information management (PIM) refers to the practice and the study of the activities people perform in order to acquire, organize, maintain, retrieve and use personal information items such as documents (paper-based and digital), web pages and email messages for everyday use to complete tasks (work-related or not) and fulfill a person’s various roles (as parent, employee, friend, member of community, etc.).

Personal information management

There are six ways in which information can be personal: [1] Owned by "me"About "me"Directed toward "me"Sent/Posted by "me"Experienced by "me"Relevant to "me" One ideal of PIM is that people should always have the right information in the right place, in the right form, and of sufficient completeness and quality to meet their current need. Technologies and tools such as personal information managers help people spend less time with time-consuming and error-prone activities of PIM (such as looking for information).

History and background[edit] Tools[edit] Study[edit] Personal knowledge management. 5 Reasons You Should Keep All Your Notes in One Place. Do you ever find yourself searching for that one note that you know you wrote down somewhere?

5 Reasons You Should Keep All Your Notes in One Place

A Learning Secret: Don’t Take Notes with a Laptop. “More is better.”

A Learning Secret: Don’t Take Notes with a Laptop

From the number of gigs in a cellular data plan to the horsepower in a pickup truck, this mantra is ubiquitous in American culture. When it comes to college students, the belief that more is better may underlie their widely-held view that laptops in the classroom enhance their academic performance. Laptops do in fact allow students to do more, like engage in online activities and demonstrations, collaborate more easily on papers and projects, access information from the internet, and take more notes.

Indeed, because students can type significantly faster than they can write, those who use laptops in the classroom tend to take more notes than those who write out their notes by hand. Paper Management. HOW To Organize Your Files – Mission: Office - Organize With Sandy. February 15, 2011 by Sandy.

HOW To Organize Your Files – Mission: Office - Organize With Sandy

7 Secrets of the Super Organized. A few years ago, my life was a mess.

7 Secrets of the Super Organized

So was my house, my desk, my mind. Then I learned, one by one, a few habits that got me completely organized. Am I perfect? 10 Areas of Your Life to Clean Up Every Single Day. Declutter Your Desk. Obsessive- Compulsive’s Guide To 12 Organizing Tips. Are you really managing information overload? At the social media webinar I gave at the end of last year for the PMI LEAD Community of Practice one of the main themes coming out of the comments and questions from participants was how to deal with the extra information channels that social media tools offer.

Are you really managing information overload?

People generally seem quite worried about how to handle information overload, to the point that it creates a panic or stress and they stop using tools that could actually be quite helpful if they were only used in the right way. Graham Allcott talks about this in his book, How To Be A Productivity Ninja. It’s a time-management-y book but it’s really about how to get organised and stay organised. Why We Humblebrag About Being Busy. We have a problem—and the odd thing is we not only know about it, we’re celebrating it.

Why We Humblebrag About Being Busy

Just today, someone boasted to me that she was so busy she’s averaged four hours of sleep a night for the last two weeks. She wasn’t complaining; she was proud of the fact. She is not alone. Why are typically rational people so irrational in their behavior? The answer, I believe, is that we’re in the midst of a bubble; one so vast that to be alive today in the developed world is to be affected, or infected, by it. The nature of bubbles is that some asset is absurdly overvalued until — eventually — the bubble bursts, and we’re left scratching our heads wondering why we were so irrationally exuberant in the first place.

This bubble is being enabled by an unholy alliance between three powerful trends: smart phones, social media, and extreme consumerism. 8 free (or almost free) tools to organize your life. You can write all the to-do lists you want, but if you keep losing those scraps of paper, they’re not much help.

8 free (or almost free) tools to organize your life

So we rounded up eight easy ways to move your lists beyond pen and paper. Each website meets our requirements for contact-info disclosure and customer service, and all have free apps so that you can go mobile. Best for list haters: Keep.Google.com Think of this as the anti-list; it can look more like a Pinterest board than a roster of chores. Need to run errands tomorrow? Best for managing projects: Trello.com.

The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right. It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Atul Gawande.

The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right

A reader recently pointed out that I hadn’t covered his most recent book, The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right. I had only covered an interesting subset of the book—why we fail. In this post, we’ll take a quick look at some other parts of the book. To put us in the proper context, we’re smart. Not scary smart but smart enough. The volume and complexity of what we know has exceeded our individual ability to deliver its benefits correctly, safely, or reliably. The Power of Checklists. How to Make Your To-Do List Doable.

How to Finish Your Work, One Bite at a Time. “How do you eat an elephant?

How to Finish Your Work, One Bite at a Time

One bite at a time.” If you’ve ever ran more than a few miles, you probably understand why you need to pace yourself. Runners that sprint at the start of a race will be exhausted far before they cross the finish line. The same principle applies when trying to get work done. Building a Smarter To-Do List, Part I. Since new folks visit 43F each day, I thought it might be valuable to return to one of our most popular evergreen topics to review some "best practices" for keeping a good to-do list. While a lot of this might be old hat to some of you, it's a good chance to review the habits and patterns behind one of the most powerful tools in the shed. Part 2 appears tomorrow (Update: now available).

(N.B.: links to previous posts related to these topics are provided inline) Why bother? In my own experience wrangling life's entropic challenges, some of my best gains have come from maintaining a smart, actionable, and updated accounting of all the things I've committed myself to doing. Building a Smarter To-Do List, Part II. Conclusion of our two-part series on improving the quality of your to-do list. Yesterday's post covered some basics and whys, the concept of the “next action,” and the importance of physicality. « Start with yesterday's “Building a Smarter To-Do List, Part I” Keep it Current.

Create the ultimate to-do list. Course of Actions - Task Flow Mapping Your Day. One of the things I’ve found when listing out tasks and actions, is the difficulty of organizing a list into a logical flow. WorkFlowy - Organize your brain. Keep Two To-Do Lists, One Electronic and One Paper, To Help Prioritize Daily Lists. Clean Out Your To-Do List for Guilt-Free Productivity. This is a great article. After trying different methods I find having 2 'to do lists' really works.

The 1st list is a must follow list, which is broken down into what to do today, this week and this month, it covers routine requirements with space to add ad hoc extras as they arise e.g. phone client etc. Having one eye on the month as well as the day, means that if a day is light (I wish) then I can accomplish some of the weekly or monthly tasks. DropTask - Visual Task Management for Individuals and Teams. Startup RemarkableWeek Hacking – How to Plan your Week for Maximum Impact - Startup Remarkable. Dave Lee — Introducing the Week Chart. Update: Thanks Lifehacker for picking up this post. This Note-Taking System Turns You Into An Efficiency Expert. Note-taking is a skill not easily acquired. In the hands of an artist, designer, or Hollywood serial killer (à la Seven’s John Doe), an idea-crammed notebook can even become a rarified, and in the case of the latter, creepy, object all on its own.

Too often, however, the ability to take comprehensive, ruminative, or even attractive notes and sketches is conflated with simply buying a stylish book of paper, say from Moleskine or Field Notes. Wrong. How to Manage Time Like You'd Manage a Budget. A Formula to Stop You from Overcommitting Your Time. When I dive into time coaching clients’ schedules, I consistently discover that people misdiagnose themselves as having a “productivity” problem when, in fact, their bigger issue is an overcommitment problem. When they have committed to more external projects and personal goals and obligations than they have hours for in the day, they feel the massive weight of time debt.

Make More Time by Scheduling Your Media. How to Never Be Late Again. By Cristina Pagnoncelli Making a mistake, screwing up a major project, or seeing your business fail sucks. 9 Habits of People Who Are Always on Time - Real Simple. Some people get their daily dose of cardio by running into every meeting saying, “Sorry I’m late!” While it might seem like chronic lateness is just plain rude, time management can be harder than it looks—and often, lateness is rooted in something psychological, like a fear of downtime. How to Make Time by Prioritizing and Scheduling: 6 steps.

Edit Article Edited by Harold R, Manuel_Montenegro_THANKS! , Nicole Willson, Flickety and 13 others. How to Make a Schedule You Can Stick To. Have you ever been surprised at how much you can fit in when you’re at a conference? Make a Productivity Schedule. In The Seven Habits for Highly Effective People, Franklin R. Covey writes about the importance of scheduling priorities. Making a Schedule. Let's Make a Schedule! Calendly - Scheduling appointments and meetings is super easy with Calendly.

My daily hourly schedule. Why Your Schedule Should Have a Weekly Appointment Dedicated to "Thinking Time" Solutions for Organizing your life!