Practical Application (Self-help):

  1. 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.
  2. 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:
  3. 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.

General Theory

  1. 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,
    Good for an overview of piling versus filing.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. David Weinberger, Everything Is Miscellaneous: The Power of the New Digital Disorder, First Edition. (Holt Paperbacks, 2008).