Here are the tools I use to generate, collect and store information:
- Google Docs
- Google Drive
- Google Hangouts
- Microsoft Office
- Local disc on laptop
That list is my constellation of where digital items I care about may be. I’m not working at a company right now so this list doesn’t include a few items others have: work accounts for dropbox and/or Google services or even worse, Microsoft Exchange and Sharepoint.
I am doing some work now and within days of writing emails and creating and storing documents in a shared Google Drive folder and a shared Evernote Notebook, my collaborator and I found that we were already losing track of what was where. We had to make a “policy” for it.
My world of information creation, collection and storage is totally fragmented and untenable. According to Basex, lots of people have this problem–it’s called Information Overload and is costing the US Economy $900 billion per year. That seems really high. But, when I think about how much time per week I spend looking for documents and communicating where they *might* be, and then add up all the me’s that exist in the US, it starts to make some sense.
Who else has this problem? What methods do you use to manage it?