Friday, December 27, 2019

Are things a mess? Do you need organization in your life?


Whew! I survived Christmas, but barely. Oh boy. When it rains it pours and things really poured down on me. Not only have we been taking care of my mother who is fighting terminal cancer, on Christmas morning my sister was admitted to the hospital. She had surgery the week before Christmas and things worsened. Then, the day after Christmas, my other sister had to go to the emergency room. WOW!!! Praise God I am well and able to take care of things.
 
As a family, we finally decided that we needed more help with two patients now in the home and hired nurses to come in and help and someone to do the cleaning and laundry. The first thing the housekeeper said, "We're going to get things organized around here."
 
Oh happy day. Organization is a beautiful thing. I have been trying to organize my mom's tiny home for weeks, to no avail. Then, low and behold, I find a book on organization and how to do it. As we approach the new year, it is a perfect opportunity to start organizing your home. So, with that in mind, today's authors and their book is perfect way to start. Take a look at the book and meet the authors.

ABOUT THE BOOK


Anna Matysek and  Jacek Tomaszczyk

Get Organized in a Visual Way. Personal Productivity System in Trello


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It can often seem that, no matter how hard you try, your calendar is always full, and your to-do list isn’t getting any shorter. You dream of pursuing your hobbies and passions without the guilt of feeling like you should be doing something else, and so you seek solutions to increase your productivity. But you’ve already tried so many task and project management tools, and none of them seems to have worked. Is there anything else you can do?

People are visual beings, relying on their vision to orient themselves, understand complex patterns, and derive pleasure. If a picture is worth a thousand words, and a prototype a thousand meetings, we could say that a visual task manager is worth a thousand hours saved. In Get Organized in a Visual Way, we’ll show you how to build a highly effective personal productivity system, so that you can take control of your life. You’ll get things organized, get things done, and be rewarded with, not only a sense of achievement, but more free time to do the things you love.




Anna Matysek and  Jacek Tomaszczyk


Get Organized in a Visual Way. Personal Productivity System in Trello
 
Tell your readers a little about yourself, where you grew up, where you live now, where you went to school etc. Let them get to know the personal you.
 
Hi, my name's Anna. I'm a university researcher, an assistant professor, and the mother of three little boys. I must juggle the demands of motherhood with academic work, that's why I'm particularly interested in productivity and time management both at work and at home. I love teaching. I teach a range of undergraduate and graduate courses in information behavior and digital tools for researchers, teachers and educators.

Hello, my name's Jacek - Jack in English. I'm an information science professor at the University of Silesia, Poland. My field of scientific inquiry and great passion is personal information management. I like to hear about how people manage their tasks and projects, how they cope with information overload, what tools they use, what their favorite apps are etc. It fascinates me how digital tools both help us achieve more and - at the same time - are a cause of frustration.


 
What inspired you to author this book?
We noticed people's fight for staying on top of things in the deluge of information, tasks, duties, and responsibilities. We just wanted to help by sharing practical results from the research we have been carrying out for years. People often complain that, no matter how hard they try, their calendar is always full, and their to-do list isn’t getting any shorter. They dream of pursuing their hobbies and passions without the guilt of feeling like they should be doing something else. So our aim was to provide people with a tool and simple instructions so that they can build their own effective productivity system to take control of things.
 

 
Where did you get the inspiration for your book’s cover?
A good productivity system is like a piece of machinery with lots of cogs and wheels. If you want to run it smoothly, you have to know how to operate and maintain it.
 
What were your struggles or obstacles you had to overcome to get this book written?
We didn't struggle much with the writing itself but, generally, it is very difficult to do research on personal information management. You get the best results when you study users in their natural environment when they do their own (not experimental) tasks at work or at home. But it's almost impossible because a researcher would be an obstacle at work or an intruder at home. Besides, people are not willing to share personal information because it is considered to be part of an intimate sphere of life.
 Tell your readers about your book.
 
This is a book about getting things organized and getting things done so that you have more free time to do the things you love. In the book we show how to build a highly effective personal productivity system. The system takes into consideration the fact that people are visual beings, relying on their vision to orient themselves, understand complex patterns, and derive pleasure. Therefore we propose a visual task manager - Trello - which is very popular and easy to use a computer and mobile application. We teach the readers how to set up two original workflows (home and business) that will help them organize and complete home tasks and work projects. If a picture is worth a thousand words, and a prototype a thousand meetings, we could say that a visual task manager is worth a thousand hours saved.
 
 
Who is your target audience, and why?
Anyone how wants to increase their productivity and manage time better to have more time for themselves and their family who can be business people, freelancers, homemakers, students. People overwhelmed with different kinds of tasks will find a solution to their busy life.
 
What do you consider your greatest success in life?
 
We don't know if we can call it a success but we're happy that we can do research and share our ideas with people around the world.


What one unique thing sets you apart from other writers in your genre?
We combine academic knowledge with practical skills, providing real-life solutions that don't require any scientific knowledge or computer expertise.

 


 
 

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