Taking Control of Your Digital Life

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Course Description

Modern day humanoids find themselves overwhelmed with the sheer volume of input and digital communication that flows in each day. Email, instant messages, and the Internet have made access to information (and you) far too easy. “I only have 54 emails left to answer” is too often the depressing indicator of a successful day.

The good news is that while access to information (and you) have increased exponentially, so have tools to help manage those streams of digital input and communication.

Learning Outcomes

Participants walk away with a variety of tools to help them take back control of their digital life.  An understanding of efficient and effective workflow systems is covered.

Workflow Systems Include

  • Effective use of personal digital assistants
  • Getting to inbox zero
  • Note taking systems
  • Online and offline task management
  • The power of RSS
  • Collaboration tools
  • Bringing it all together

Required Texts

Choose from any ONE of the texts below. They are both awesome!

 

Lessons

Introduce Yourself (Free Preview)

Author: Michael BollComplexity: Easy

Please take a few minutes to leave a comment below. Introduce yourself to the instructor (me) and other students who are, or will be, taking this course.

Please take a few minutes to leave a comment below. Introduce yourself to the instructor (me) and other students who are, or will be, taking this course.

Inbox Zero Part One (Free Preview)

Author: Michael BollComplexity: Easy

Taking control of your inbox is the first step in controlling your digital lifestyle. The Concordia Shanghai email server (where I work) sends and receives over 10,000 (yes that number is correct) emails per day! This does include students, but much (if not most) of that email is directed at you. Take a look at your email box if you think I am wrong. Let’s get a handle on this email!

Taking control of your inbox is the first step in controlling your digital lifestyle. The Concordia Shanghai email server (where I work) sends and receives over 10,000 (yes that number is correct) emails per day! This does include students, but much (if not most) of that email is directed at you. Take a look at your email box if you think I am wrong. Let’s get a handle on this email!

Inbox Zero Part Two (Free Preview)

Author: Michael BollComplexity: Standard

Now that you have a general understanding of what Inbox Zero really is, let's take a look at how we can get to that point in our email lives. What processes are involved to make it happen. Just how much joy will this bring to our lives?

Now that you have a general understanding of what Inbox Zero really is, let's take a look at how we can get to that point in our email lives. What processes are involved to make it happen. Just how much joy will this bring to our lives?

Pulling Your Favorite Content to Your Device (RSS) (Free Preview)

Author: Michael BollComplexity: Standard

The sheer volume and speed with which information comes our way is a big stressor in our lives. It is hard to process and handle the tremendous numbers of inputs we receive on a daily basis. This includes email, of course, but also eBooks, social media (Twitter , Facebook, etc.), eBooks, list serves, TV shows, music, calendar alerts, and more.

The sheer volume and speed with which information comes our way is a big stressor in our lives. It is hard to process and handle the tremendous numbers of inputs we receive on a daily basis. This includes email, of course, but also eBooks, social media (Twitter , Facebook, etc.), eBooks, list serves, TV shows, music, calendar alerts, and more.

Digitally Storing Your Important "Stuff" (Free Preview)

Author: Michael BollComplexity: Standard

There is way too much access to information today. There is way more information than we can possibly remember. There is way too much faith that a pencil and paper can help us enough.

There is way too much access to information today. There is way more information than we can possibly remember. There is way too much faith that a pencil and paper can help us enough.

To Do Lists (Free Preview)

Author: Michael BollComplexity: Standard

To do lists have been around since the dawn of man. Recently archeologists discovered drawings in caves that appear to be a list of to dos by early man. It had photos of a man need to hunt, bring back kill, clean kill, feed family.

To do lists have been around since the dawn of man. Recently archeologists discovered drawings in caves that appear to be a list of to dos by early man. It had photos of a man need to hunt, bring back kill, clean kill, feed family.

Creating a Workflow System (Free Preview)

Author: Michael BollComplexity: Standard

Wow, look how far you have come! Great work. You are well on the way to be a productivity super star. People will be rushing to you on a daily basis asking you how you became so efficient happy and successful. Well there is one more step: Creating a workflow system so the tools all work together and are in sync. We need to create a map that helps us channel this crazy amount of input into a stream that lets you decide what you wish to prioritize Your life will become much less stressful.

Wow, look how far you have come! Great work. You are well on the way to be a productivity super star. People will be rushing to you on a daily basis asking you how you became so efficient happy and successful. Well there is one more step: Creating a workflow system so the tools all work together and are in sync. We need to create a map that helps us channel this crazy amount of input into a stream that lets you decide what you wish to prioritize Your life will become much less stressful.

Personal Digital Assistants (Smart Phones) (Free Preview)

Author: Michael BollComplexity: Standard

Today's world allows us to have ubiquitous access to our email, digital storage, to do lists, project management and workflow systems. However, we have to ensure that our personal digital assistants (iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows) devices are all connected to our world.

Today's world allows us to have ubiquitous access to our email, digital storage, to do lists, project management and workflow systems. However, we have to ensure that our personal digital assistants (iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows) devices are all connected to our world.

Book Reflection (Free Preview)

Author: Michael BollComplexity: Standard

The two books for this course are wonderful and very different. David Allen's book talks about his "Getting Things Done" methodology. David's ideas were a huge influence on the development of this course. His book had a profound influence on me many years ago. Charles Duhigg's book discusses habits, how they work, and how we can change them. It is one of my favorite all time books.

The two books for this course are wonderful and very different.

David Allen's book talks about his "Getting Things Done" methodology. David's ideas were a huge influence on the development of this course. His book had a profound influence on me many years ago.

Charles Duhigg's book discusses habits, how they work, and how we can change them. It is one of my favorite all time books.