Practical Application (Self-help):
- David Allen, Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity (Penguin (Non-Classics), 2002).
Has become a standard go-to item for an extremely structured approach to getting organized. This is best for those who like a very disciplined approach. Perhaps one weakness is that it does not address technology as much as might be needed in today’s work environment.
- Julie Morgenstern, Organizing from the inside out : the foolproof system for organizing your home, your office, and your life, 2nd ed. (New York: Henry Holt, 2004).
Morgenstern offers a softer approach to getting organized, and encourages individuals to discover methods that work with their own existing styles, needs and preferences. Her website is also very informative: http://www.juliemorgenstern.com
- Kerry Gleeson, The Personal Efficiency Program: How to Stop Feeling Overwhelmed and Win Back Control of Your Work, 4th ed. (Wiley,
Similar to Getting Things Done, but with a much more updated understanding of today’s technology.
- Richard Boardman and M. Angela Sasse, “"Stuff goes into the computer and doesn’t come out": a cross-tool study of personal information management,” in Proceedings of the SIGCHI conference on Human factors in computing systems (Vienna, Austria: ACM, 2004), 583-590, http://portal.acm.org.floyd.lib.umn.edu/citation.cfm?id=985766.
Good for an overview of piling versus filing.
- William Jones, Personal information management (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2007).
Contains several articles which together offer an overview of the academic discipline of PIM.
- Schwartz, Barry, The paradox of choice : why more is less, 1st ed. (New York: ECCO, 2004).
While this does not deal directly with PIM, the overarching thesis that too many choices confound decision making and can ultimately decrease quality of life.
- P. Ludford and L. Terveen, “Does an individual’s Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Preference influence task-oriented technology use,” in
Interact2003 (Rauterberg GWM, Menozzi M, Wesson J, editors). Proceedings of the Ninth IFIP TC13 International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, 2003, 1–5.
Interesting application of MBTI to PIM. Given the U’s extensive MBTI support, this is a good one to read.
- David Weinberger, Everything Is Miscellaneous: The Power of the New Digital Disorder, First Edition. (Holt Paperbacks, 2008).