Core Skills in Personal Information Management—Measuring and Evaluating

If it’s too hard to manage our personal information, we won’t do it. We’ll stop viewing our commonplace book as a strategic asset. We’ll descend into the hell of “information overload.” This is why it pays to reflect on the ways that we practice personal information management (PIM) and measure the results in some meaningful way.… Continue reading Core Skills in Personal Information Management—Measuring and Evaluating

Core Skills in Personal Information Management—Making Sense

Keeping a commonplace book allows you to systematically capture the best ideas that come from your reading, conversation, and thinking on many topics. While that alone is worth the effort, there’s an even deeper pleasure that awaits you—making sense of it all. Take the information you’ve captured and look at it from many angles. Play with… Continue reading Core Skills in Personal Information Management—Making Sense

Core Skills in Personal Information Management—Managing the Flow

One goal of personal information management (PIM) is to have current information on hand to meet a current need. But equally important is making sure that your personal information doesn’t fall into the wrong hands or distract you from doing what matters to you. In his book Keeping Found Things Found: The Study and Practice… Continue reading Core Skills in Personal Information Management—Managing the Flow

Core Skills in Personal Information Management—Maintaining

Maintaining your personal information collection is a lot like maintaining your car or home. You want to enjoy things for the long-term with the least possible friction. In personal information management (PIM), this means figuring out ways to: Purge information that’s no longer useful. Organize information for repeated use. Ensure that information is accurate and… Continue reading Core Skills in Personal Information Management—Maintaining