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Get It Together

Using computer power to organize your life.

This story appears in the April 1998 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

It's getting to be about that time when the spring cleaning bug rears its tidy little head. It's the time of year when thoughts turn to organizing offices, cleaning out garages, donating old clothing and "getting it together" in general. As someone who doesn't like to let the opportunity of a clean, new slate pass me by, I decided it was time to dig in and take a fresh look at Personal Information Managers (PIMs).

Perhaps one of the best software inventions, PIMs help you keep yourself and your business together--running on time and on track. Although they won't do the filing that has been piling up for months, they will help you sort out your contacts, schedules and task lists. Of course, as with everything, it's "garbage in/garbage out"--for PIMs to work to your advantage, you have to do some work and be willing to change old habits and invent new ones. Scheduling from within your computer has to become second nature, as does the way in which you check for appointments (whether you print out schedules to put in your paper-based organizer or check the computer for your appointments every morning).

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