Today, managing information effectively – whether through an online PIM (personal information manager) system or some other method -- means managing your life effectively. Business professionals are so inundated with personal notes, addresses, lists, calendars, appointments, reminders, emails, instant messages, faxes, voice mail messages, RSS feeds, alerts and other forms of communication that keeping track of all this information has become a key priority. Losing crucial information often means opportunities lost, which is why many people turn to personal information managers for help.
Internet-based personal information managers range from free online address book solutions to complex web based PIM solutions that integrate your schedule with your employees' calendars. Online PIM solutions are often a great solution for business professionals because, unlike daily planners, the information is accessible from any computer and most mobile devices and information is fully searchable, as well. When looking at Internet-based personal information managers, consider the following:
1. Try a free online address book first for a risk-free PIM test drive.
2. Poll your company to find out how many employees would consider using Internet-based personal information managers.
3. Test out some integrated free web based PIM trials for your computer and cell phone.
Use free online address book solutions for simplicityIf you are new to PIM and not sure whether it would be useful, try a free mobile online address book to test the waters. A free phone address book online or online email address book lets you access your contacts from any Internet connection and lets you see the power of using an Internet personal information manager. If your needs are modest, you may find that just organizing your contacts online allows you to get a handle on information overload.
Use integrated web-based PIM solutions for additional productivityIf your needs are more complex, an integrated web-based personal information management system is best. This sort of system lets you organize your calendar, contacts, memos, reminders and other information online, so it's always available. Today's systems even let you collaborate with your team, so you can exchange files, requests and information online.
Use online PIM applications on your mobile deviceIf you travel often, or, if like many business professionals, you are relying on your mobile device more and more while away from the office, look for a mobile PIM solution that works with your cell phone or mobile device. Today's solutions let you easily transfer information from your online PIM or your computer so you can always have the information you need when you're on the go. Make sure that the solution you choose is compatible with your mobile device.
- It is a good idea to try free PIM systems before making a purchase, to see how many features you really need. Web-based personal information management is one technological arena where erring on the side of simplicity makes sense.