Monthly Archives: June 2013

Getting Organized Part 1 – The fundamentals

This is the first blog of a 3 blogs series.

Why Should we be more organized ?

The reason is quite simple actually, it is because there are simply too many things that happen in our lives, and there is an ever growing demand to keep track of everything, and deliver on our promises (personally as well as professionally).

iPhones, Android Phones, Black berry phones … all smart phones are great, but they also mean that we are always connected. In a course of a day, you may text back and fourth with a number of individuals, get emails, and get phone calls. If you take a close look at each and every interaction, most of them will result in some sort of a commitment or an open loop (something to take care of), either on your behalf, or on the behalf of the person to communicate with.

Things like “yes honey, I will pick up the kid on my way back from work”,  “I will send you the report by next Wednesday” or “I will meet you tomorrow for lunch”. What happens if you make a commitment to someone, and you do not deliver ? you loose credibility, you feel bad about it, etc …

What happens if you show up at home without your kid because in between that phone call at 10:00 AM and 05:30 PM you committed to ten other things, and you simply forgot – did I mention that it is a rainy day, and your kid is standing outside with no umbrella waiting for you ???
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Mind Maps – Why & How to guide

What are mind maps ?

Mind maps are a visual representation of a topic and all of its sub topics. It usually evolve around a single main idea , subject or item.

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Why should you use mind maps ? 

Mind maps are simple to use, simple to get used to, and extremely useful. I use mind maps to take notes during presentations, brainstorm new ideas, make decision trees and organize information. Mind maps are very simple to get back into, so even if you start a mind map, and leave it alone for a few weeks, you will find that a quick scan allows you pick up and continue where you left off.
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Productivity workflow research tools

I’m an information guy, and as a developer I collect a lot of information. Collecting and archiving information is important, but it is not just about collecting and archiving − you also need to easily filter and view the collected data in a meaningful way.

In this article I suggest four powerful apps/tools that can help you collect and later find the information when you need it. I’m aware there are many other tools that provide the same functionality, but because I actually use these tools everyday, I feel comfortable recommending them to you.

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