Keep personal information (PIM) and work data seperate! Here’s why.

Keep personal information and work data separate! Here’s why.

Cisco Systems recent study data: “68% of employees and 71% of college students believe corporate devices should be used for Social Media and Personal use, too” See Note: 1

This is an understandable set of conclusions, and desires on the part of employees. But a very bad policy choice for both the companies and the individuals. Here’s why. Continue reading


Identity theft: It has happened to you. What should you do?? PIM Tip

Identity theft: It has happened to you… What should you do?? Personal Information Management Tip

Thieves act quickly in Identity Theft scenarios. Your Personal Information will be compromised within hours. The more quickly the bad guys act, the lesser the probability they will get caught in the act. The moment you realize that something is not right, and you suspect your identity has been stolen follow these fairly simple steps Continue reading


How to: Manage your Phone – PIM training tip

How to: Manage your Phone – PIM training tip

Consider your phone as a very valuable tool in your Personal Information Management – PIM – strategy. It should also be considered to be a very dangerous and vulnerable access point for a lot of your critical data. If managed improperly, it is Continue reading


How to keep track of birthdays. Use your PIM system

Birthdays: How to keep track of everyone’s birthday. Use your Personal Information Management PIM system

This is an easy to follow Tip. Add each Continue reading


Personal Information Management Coach, PIMCoach – YouTube Introduction

Personal Information Management Coach – PIMCoach – YouTube Introduction

Hit this link to see what the “Personal Information Management Coach” series is all about.

Call to Action: hit the URL above and stay tuned for “How to” advice, Tips, and Methodologies to “Tame the Data Deluge” that is happening in our personal lives.


Peter Gailey
The PIMCoach


How to digitize your Address Book, and Contacts

How to digitize your Address Book, and Contacts.

Your Address Book and Contacts are a critical part of your Personal Information Management – PIM, strategy.

Digitize this content type. Either scan it, or Continue reading


Think your personal information in the “Cloud” is safe? Think again.

Think your personal information (PIM data) in the “Cloud” is safe? Think again. Back your data up locally.

International Data Corp (IDC) a very trusted Analyst firm, along with EMC, one of the top 3 Data storage manufactures in the high-tech business have performed a very insightful study. One of the findings states that the amount of data that is currently being created is more than the amount of available media to store it. Meaning, Continue reading


How to save time every day. Get organized with your search activity. Use “Google Alerts”.

How to save time every day. Get organized with your search activity. Use “Google Alerts”.

If there is a specific topic that you are particularly interested in your personal or professional life, you can set up a tool within Google called a “Search Agent”. This service will automagically search the internet for the topic your are interested in. For example, I am particularly interested in “Data Preservation”.

I have set up a search agent on Google Alerts with the search term “Data Preservation” in a Boolean search. This service scours the internet and delivers the findings when I tell it to. In this case, every day, I get one email with links to all things that have anything to do with Data Preservation. Saves a lot of time and effort on my end. If I can’t get to the email every day, I do not miss anything. I have the results in my inbox.

Setup is easy:
1.) Go to
2.) Create your search terms. (For tips go to Google and look up “Boolean search”
3.) Chose everything
4.) Chose how often you want results sent to you. As it Happens, Every Day, Every Week??
5.) How many results you want ot see?
6.) Where do you want the data sent? Which email account?
7.) Hit the Create Alert button.

Following this technique, you can become an expert in a short time.

Hope this “PIMCoach Tip” has helped you.
Peter Gailey


PIMCoach Introduction

Personal Information Management PIM, is a field that is evolutionary. Data and information types are constantly changing. The Large Information technology analyst firms predict that data is growing at a compounded rate of up to 60% per year. 85% of all data is generated by individuals. By 2020 the amount of data in our personal lives will be 40 times what is was in the year 2009. It will be almost entirely electronic in form. You must proactively manage it or you will more than likely lose it.

I have identified well over 100 different streams of data, and types of data documents that effect our personal lives.

It is my goal to provide individuals with pragmatic tips, tricks, tools and methodologies to learn how to “Tame the Data Deluge” in our personal lives. I have a comprehensive book in development.

Please consider me your Personal Information Management Coach or your PIMCoach!! Stay tuned to my various communications channels on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and of course the PIMCOach website. This will be a journey that we take together.

Please send me any of your Tips and Tricks, Methodologies and just as important, your challenges managing your personal data, I will help you and others learn how to “Tame the data Deluge”.


Peter Gailey