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Handling Information Overload

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This workshop has been offered several times, including May 2009, generously hosted by the University of Richmond.



8:30 - 9:30 am      Introductions

     Participants and their pages

     Concepts, history, tools, and variety

9:30 - 10:00 am Current tools, part 1

    * Email and calendar

    * Email Inbox Zero

10:00 - 10:15 am      break

10:15 - 12:00      Current tools, part 2

     * Browser

    * Social networking (old and new)

    * What else are you currently using?

12:00 - 1:00 pm     lunch

1:00 - 2:15  (Possibly) new tools

    * Visualization via tag clouds, the RSS reader, PIM sites, social bookmarks

    * What else do you recommend?

2:15 - 2:30     break

2:30 - 3:30      Full-scale methodologies

    * Getting Things Done

     * Attention economy

     * Social filtering

3:30 - 4:00     Plans and discussion 

Comments (2)

Marcia Whitehead said

at 10:00 am on May 6, 2009

Here is a link to the NYTimes article in which Sherry Turkle refers to "email Babkruptcy": http://www.nytimes.com/2002/02/14/technology/essay-in-lost-e-mail-a-dividend.html?sec=&spon=&pagewanted=all

Allison Czapracki said

at 10:50 am on May 6, 2009

I'm currently reading "Find More Time" by Laura Stack:


An 80-question quiz helps you pinpoint your timesink areas. This book does NOT have to be read linearly! You can go straight to the things (distractions, timewasters, lists, procrastinating, being late for things) you need to do the most work on. She also gives strategies for optimizing your time (always have something with you that you can be working on during unexpected downtime).

On page 26, Laura talks about the different to-do lists you should maintain:
-Tasks (Master to-do list: everything you need to do with just one step, daily to-do list: things that must get done today)
-Projects - actions with multiple steps
-Communication - items to discuss with someone else
-Category (books to read, groceries, errands, shopping, passwords, anything)

I'm still working through this so I have yet to say how it works, but her tips are helping me to optimize my productive time.

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