Category Archives: Personal Productivity

See also: PIM, Cognitive Styles, Visualization

Inspiring or distracting?

Some tools come with plenty of pre-selected ‘sand moulds’ for our thought contents. Maybe for some users, such offers may function as an idea generator or a creative muse. For others (like me) they do not work.
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Top ten tools

My top 10 tools: 1. Notepad, 2. QuiteRSS, 3. Twitter, 4. Condensr.de, 5. Wordpress, 6. Evernote, 7. gRSShopper, 8. FedWiki, 9. Diigo, 10. Slack
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What is Digital Literacy?

Responding to this: “What is Digital Literacy? — What impact does digital literacy have on your personal, professional, and spiritual* life? (*However you interpret this.) — Who are you? (context matters) — Licenses”
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More gRSShopper

I have played quite a lot with gRSShopper because I like it.
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Exploring gRSShopper

I knew that gRSShopper is able to harvest RSS feeds, but it is much more powerful than that.
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Seven habits of…

Seven habits make my workflow satisfying. In particular: pull over push, optimized for browse rather than search, and careless capturing but cultivating later. Continue reading

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Tangible Associations

I understand now better how the “magic” of my tool works: it makes associations tangible. It turns elusive mental relationships into “hands on” experience, and it compensates for the abstractness of some thought links, with a drawn line “at our fingertips”.
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Im-/Export from/to other think tools

Comparing two other think tools with my own tool one can say that they are rather suited as the big long-term storage “cupboard” while my own tool is more like the “table” where things are put for a temporary large overview.
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Physical overhead of Mindmapping

While I have often argued for Cmapping and against simple hierarchical mindmapping, there are benefits that mitigate the inherent problem of such
nested hierarchies, They may help capturing the structure of a talk while listening.
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Good and bad news from Cmap

Good news from Cmap: there are now ways to avoid two stubborn behaviors of the application: No more forced proposition texts, and arrow-heads even if arrows slope downwards. But the bad news is that doubleclicking on my cmaps doesn’t work any more, so I have to roll back to the old version.
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