Category Archives: PIM

See also: Visualization, Knowledge Management, Personal Productivity

Clearing out

I had to clear out my workplace. It was quite interesting to revisit the digital and physical traces of so many years. It started with little slips of paper, to capture data from telephone calls or other little notes, piled up in a drawer. They were best simulated by plain text files.
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Windows 8.1, a nasty surprise

After the upgrade to Windows 8.1 (taking several hours), I found several annoying problems. Continue reading

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Skimming too quickly?

After returning from vacation, I noticed how quickly I skimmed my RSS reader, and this alarmed me. If an item does not resonate with me immediately, it could also mean that I just don’t understand its context quickly enough.
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Annual repository cleanup

Cleaning up my repositories, showed me that my bookmark collection has lost much of its relevance. If the links aren’t digested right away, they won’t be useful later, either. Read more about my filing and cleanup strategies.
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Top 10 Tools

Many bloggers have listed their Top Ten Tools. Here is my list. It mainly consists of very basic tools, and I use them often for other purposes than the standard ones.
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Synchronisation habits

For syncing my office and home materials, I use a very primitive method, but it preserves me a sense of space, and it helps me keeping a work-life balance.
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Multi-tasking, multi-threading, multi-thinking

“Different people seem to have different levels of task switching that is tolerable or even enjoyable.” And these different people exhibit very different styles of multitasking, some of which seem plausible to me.
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Why are underlines so underused?

Bold, italics, and underline each fulfill a distinct role, and underline is ideal to indicate all kinds of relationships or links. But unfortunately, underline is underused. Why is it so unpopular? Perhaps because it is the markup of teachers.
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The Zoo of collaboration/ personal productivity tools

Explaining blogs or other collaboration/ personal productivity tools is not easy. Often, they are a mixture of similar ones. Here is my attempt.
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Why people don’t use collaboration tools?

My attempt to answer this interesting question. A few reasons are specific to collaboration, but the major reasons are also applicable to other, personal productivity tools: the new subtle distinctions are hidden by overdone integration.
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