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 simplify your banking. Part of your Personal Information Management (PIM) strategy.
I generally suggest having as few bank accounts as is reasonable for you to manage your day to day life, and “Tame the data Deluge” that you experience from needing to many different accounts. Having fewer accounts will help with Continue reading →
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”.
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 http://www.google.com/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 http://www.google.com/alerts
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.
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 214.336.1286