At the Heart of Productivity: People. Don't ever forget the human element. Cloze does this well.
I enjoy trying to figure out how to be as efficient as possible in my work and personal obligations. While I was completing my masters degree and while working on my dissertation data collection process, one of the things I always took notice of - was how my advisors got the work done. And boy, did they do it well!
But the one thing that always blew my mind was the amount of work they could handle at any given point in time. Not only that, but they were great with people. Were they prefect? No. Was I? Absoloutely not (just ask them)! But they were certainly personable people, and both are very well respected in the field of exercise science and by our governning body - The American College of Sports Medicine.
(Now, back to the topic at hand.) During my quest to obtain my masters, my doctorate, and even now as a professor, I aim to integrate technology in the most effective and efficient way possible. But all of this only matters because I aim to enact change in the lives of people.
I often read about productivity, and the one things that I cringe at are the commments about productivity enthusiasts aiming to 'stay far away from people as possible' or 'avoiding interaction with humans for the sake of prodcutivity'. This, by far, is the most backwards mindset ever!
I understand the need to 'shut the door' or focus without distractions on occasions, but to downplay to importance of human interaction is ridiculous.
Nevertheless, I found a great tool called Cloze. Cloze is known as a Personal Relationship Management System (PRM). PRMs are most commonly utilized in the marketing and business world, but not in academia. Microsoft outlook is often considered to be a PRM (regardless of how static it might be...). But since the Cloze software incorporates your contacts, emails, calendar, social media, projects, evernotes (yay!), phone call history, and projects, it can serve as an aggregate for those things and give you great insight into your relationships with people. It also helps you to maintain your relationshp by providing data on total contact time with different people, interactions on socail media, and much more.
As a professor, the Cloze algorithms have helped me to see if too much time has passed since I've reached out to a particular student who shows great potential but is no longer in my class, for example. It allows me to quickly access the zillions of files sent by individuals across multiple offices across campus (sometimes, this is horrifying). And, the best feature is that is shows me all the notes I have stored on particular people and projects - right when I need it!
But the most significant component of cloze is that it keeps my relationship right in front of me. And as more people develop their internet profiles and career profiles online, it is helpful to me to be provided with this information as relationships develop into the future.
You should give it a try!