Information Overload, Part 1

Information Overload, Part 1

By now we all know what it is like to be inundated with too much information. As if it wasn’t bad enough that it assaults us at our work stations, we then decide to carry it around in our pockets too. The result is that there is no time to focus on what is important,...
To file or not to file #2

To file or not to file #2

n a previous blog about piling, filing or tagging I described how you can use Boolean operators for more effective searching in Outlook. Smart use of the NOT operator in particular can make a lot of difference. But what if you need to search for combinations of...
Changing bad practices around you

Changing bad practices around you

One of the most common grievances I get when I am coaching people in personal efficiency is that they feel the inefficiencies of their environment let them down; it prevents them from fully embracing their own productivity methods. Here are some examples: “I keep...
To file or not to file #1

To file or not to file #1

As we all know there are three main ways of storing digital information: filing, piling or tagging. When filing we put things in a hierarchically organised folder system. With piling we dump everything in one archive folder and use the search functionality of the...
The Trouble With Planning #2

The Trouble With Planning #2

 Over the years I have tested many To Do apps, both stand-alone and web-based and of various levels of sophistication. They all had some claim to fame, but I abandoned most of them as not sufficiently helpful for proactive planning. Eventually I developed a small set...