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Information Hoarding – a Disease of the Mind A filing system without a retrieval system is useless

Evidence of Information Hoarding Information hoarding has reached epidemic proportions. In the early days of personal computers, the computer’s memory was a bottleneck to running programs. That is no longer the case today. You can easily store and run as many programs as you want quite cheaply. So why does my phone have 128 GB of memory, and each of

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How Your Mind Short-Circuits a Billion Years of Evolution Your State of Mind and Your Personal Productivity

Personal productivity begins with your state of mind. Personal productivity rests on the stability of your emotions. If you are too angry to interact with your co-worker then all the workflows in the world aren’t going to help you. If you feel guilty because of a mistake then your workflows will not help you produce at your full potential. If

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Email Workflow: It’s Simple! Email workflows cannot exist outside of project management systems

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Basic Workflows

Email workflow is an important topic simply because email has overrun our lives. Stories of inboxes with over 1,000 emails abound. There are also as many email workflow solutions, although most now based along the lines of GTD which, in summary, boils down to: If you can respond in two minutes, then do it; otherwise Delegate it; or Action it

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Your Main Workflow: Human Interaction Dealing with people is more important than dealing with email and documents

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Basic Workflows

Workflows dealing with human interaction aren’t discussed much. Workflows dealing with emails probably ranks number one. This doesn’t make sense. Email is an important tool but it is not the main factor in your productivity. Your interaction with other people is what will drive your productivity. What is strange is that human interaction workflows don’t even show up on the

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Workflow is a Sexy Name for Procedure A personal productivity workflow is not magic

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series Basic Workflows

Workflow is a word that I see in the personal productivity lexicon. I recognize it as what we call a procedure in the professional productivity lexicon. But instead of learning about what business procedures might offer that is useful for personal workflows the gurus seem to have simply ignored the whole issue. I am going to rectify that. Why do

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Your Values Ruin Personal Productivity Deciding your values is not the same as changing your values

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Basic Concepts

Personal productivity conventional wisdom states that your values should determine your goals. You don’t need a psychology degree to realize that your values end up having nothing to do with your goals or your actions. Is one of your values a fit and healthy life? If so, have you successfully tried to live by those values? Perhaps one of your

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Do You Understand Personal Productivity? Tried dozens of systems and didn't get anywhere?

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Basic Concepts

Ever been stuck in a cycle of developing personal productivity systems, applying them, nothing really changes and then starting over gain? This post if for you. It’ll help you understand the main reason conventional personal productivity systems fail and guide you to what can work for you. Personal productivity has many names and related ideas: personal workflow, personal operating system,

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