Coffeechug Concepts Diigo Group, iGoogle, Symbaloo, and Bit Literacy Organization

As I have downsized my email accounts it has forced me to become even more organized in other aspects of my online life. As I quit using my email account as a storage device and began to determine whether or not something was worthy enough of  keeping I had to begin to sort and organize the material.

For example, sifting through the hundreds of emails in my gmail account I began to realize several things
1. I was keeping emails that really held no importance to me. For some reason I kept an email thinking it was way too important to delete, but not so important for me to read and do something with instantly. Over time I collected hundreds of these emails and when going through them realized they held no significance to me.

However, if they did contain something important, then it was time to read and if worth keeping filing and sharing on my Diigo group, Coffeechug Concepts Feel free to follow and join my group where I will share any articles or links I find interesting enough to keep. I have loaded up quite a bit since going through all my email so there is plenty for you to back read. Feel free to share your own and I look forward to creating a great network of people to share information with.

2. I simply forgot to email people back. I am to a point where I receive a lot of emails. With the hectic schedule of my school day I often do not get any time to check my gmail account. Over time I simply forgot to write someone back which is a pet peeve of mine. I try to respond to everyone within 24 hours. My lack of organization lead to be someone who drives me insane and not very professional.

3. I sure send a lot of emails to myself. Most of unread emails were from me either via Twitter, websites online, or just sending files back and forth to various computers. Problem is that I rarely did anything with them. Now with my Diigo toolbar and creating a Symbaloo page I should be able to better sort resources that I need.

4. I kept emails to remind me of important in which I would forget because I could not find the email. I have now restructured my iGoogle page and my Google Calendar. Things are going great. It helps to have emails and texts when meetings and things are getting ready to happen.

I feel much more at ease with things. I think I am the most organized I have been in a while. I still have a long way to go, but I am making strides. As I continue to organize myself I can see different aspects of my life finally being organized(books, music, toys) as well.

On a final note I have to share this and I don’t intend to toot my own horn, but I cannot tell you how excited I was to see that my blog viewings were coming in from a new source. I checked out the source and about fell out of my chair to see that I was mentioned by Mark Hurst, the author of Bit Literacy. The man who has created a book that has literally changed my life. I have to share it here http://goodexperience.com/ because not too often does my insights are writing make it very far. It is a honor to be referenced by Mark Hurst. So cool. So very cool.

This has made my day.

Back to becoming more Bit Literate.

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Google Reader – My next step in Bit Literacy DOMINATION!!!

Yesterday, I tore it up. It took me all day from morning until night, but I dwindled my gmail account down to 10 emails. My goal is to eliminate those today. My hotmail account is still at four emails after one week. Things are improving.

I am now tackling my Google Reader.

I need some help or guidance.

I currently have all my feeds as one big giant list. They are not organized into categories or anything. It is just a hodge podge of my education sites, book review sites, hobby sites, technology sites, etc.

I feel like I need to organize these a little bit better so I can access what exactly I need.

I have several that I am testing out to see if they even belong as suggested in the book.

My guidance that I need is:

1. How do you have your Google Reader or any other reader for that matter organized?

2. What else should I consider when organizing my feeds?

3. What are some of your favorite feeds that you have in your reader?

I look forward to your suggestions.

I cannot even begin to tell you how stress free it was this morning to come down to my computer and have a cleared out inbox. I did not think it would have any effect on me, but I was wrong. This is great.

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Eliminate emails in Gmail and Teacher Inbox – IMPOSSIBLE!!!!

Currently working on eliminating my emails in my Gmail and School inbox accounts. This is almost impossible.

I cannot let go of some of them(by some I mean hundreds upon hundreds).

I feel like it will come back to haunt me.

I am trying to become Bit Literate, but right now I am failing.

Follow my journey on my Twitter account @coffeechugbooks

How do you do it?

What is your system for storing important files, links, and all the other bits?

I have set up Diigo (check previous post for link, or the sidebar, or Twitter to view)

I have Dropbox

I have created Evernote, but not quite sure how to integrate.

Continue on my wayward son, may you delete your useless past(despite the fact it all feels so important)

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Bit Literacy – Test 1 – 0 Emails Intro

Okay, here is the start and intro to my Bit Literacy project

You can backtrack and read my two previous posts about my project.

Let the games begin.

Go ahead and join the challenge to become Bit Literate.

More videos and posts to come this weekend as I start this journey.

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