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#ProdChat - 02/28/13 - #SOHO #Organization

This week on #ProdChat we talked about small/home office organization for greater productivity.

Storified by Ray Sidney-Smith· Thu, Feb 28 2013 11:53:27

Welcome to #ProdChat, the weekly #productivity chat! Topic: “#SOHO Organization”Ray Sidney-Smith
@hope_blunk Welcome to the #prodchat, Hope! Looking forward to having you!Ray Sidney-Smith
@hope_blunk Very, very cool! You'll like it! (Nice background. We're a fan of @LillyPulitzer too.) #prodchatSendgine
@ecreelman3 Hey Erin! We're glad you're here tonight! Welcome! #prodchatSendgine
My first #prodchat Excited to see what's in store and hopefully learn something new #personalgrowthParker Greve
Hello #prodchat friends...Augusto Pinaud
@C_Ox2_K Glad you are here tonight too! We'll overlook the fact that you are from Ohio State--most of us are #SEC fans. ;) #prodchatSendgine
@C_Ox2_K Welcome to the #Productivity chat, Ryan! #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith
Hello all looking forward to the chat tonight #prodchatJim McCullen
Wow. Hi, everyone! Fun to have new folks joining in! :) #prodchatMichelle Gunn
@jjmccullen Hi Jim! How are you tonight? #prodchatSendgine
@ParkerGreve Welcome, Parker! Great to have you on #prodchat today!Ray Sidney-Smith
Hey all . . . looking forward to tonight's #prodchat!Natalie M. Houston
@apinaud Hey, Augusto! How're you and the new little one, Tomas (right?)! #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith
@nmhouston Natalie! So good to see you again! Hope you are excellent! #prodchatSendgine
@sendgine, doing well. except I dropped my iphone in a bowl of water, so I am no using an Iphone 3g until the Samsung 4 comes out #prodchatJim McCullen
Excited to learn about personal productivity tonight! Are there any special guests tonight? #prodchatNora Dekeyser
@michgunn Hey Michelle! How have you been? #prodchatSendgine
@jjmccullen Hey, Jim. Great to have you on #prodchat!Ray Sidney-Smith
Let's start things off with intro’s. In 140 characters, tell us about you. And, do you use to a specific #productivity system? #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith
Please add #prodchat to each tweet to make sure you show up in the conversation feed! Answer A1, A2, A3, etc. for readability.Ray Sidney-Smith
@rsidneysmith hi Ray. Tomas is growing fast. Soon I hope will join us here in #prodchatAugusto Pinaud
Q1: DO YOU FEEL LIKE YOU’RE PRODUCTIVE IF YOU CAN WORK FROM HOME? #PRODCHAT #PRODUCTIVITYRay Sidney-Smith
@jjmccullen Oh no!! Wow. Tough times. Sorry about that!! #prodchatSendgine
@C_Ox2_K Ha Ha! We'll see how this upcoming season goes. ;) #prodchatSendgine
@noradekeyser You are all my special guests today on #prodchat! ;-) Ray Sidney-Smith
A1 yes provided I have my workspace setup properly with a keyboard, mouse, monitor and workarea #prodchatJim McCullen
@noradekeyser Hey Nora! Good to see a fellow buckeye on here #prodchatParker Greve
@nmhouston We're excellent! Trying to stay #productive as always. :) #prodchatSendgine
Hi, #prodchat! How is everyone? What are we talking about this evening?Kenna Griffin
my intro: I'm Natalie, a productivity coach & academic - I help people move forward on their important projects & goals #prodchatNatalie M. Houston
Ha! Kids are using iPads better than me! RT @apinaud: hi Ray. Tomas is growing fast. Soon I hope will join us here in #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith
A1. Absolutely. We're all about work/life flow. Employees can work in our office or from home--wherever they are comfortable. #prodchatSendgine
I think you can be very productive from home if you dont mind working in a setting your all ways at! soo yess!! @Rsidneysmith #prodchatJustin Weisman
A1 I find myself more productive away from home. But when push comes to shove and I need to get things done, I can. #prodchatParker Greve
I am a productivity best seller author and speaker. #prodchatAugusto Pinaud
My intro: Design supply chain systems during the day and trying to promote by book by night. Love to mountain bike rest of time #prodchatJim McCullen
Hi. Michelle here. I'm a GTD'er and I use OmniFocus for my task manager. I'm a organizational/productivity/tech geek. ;) #prodchatMichelle Gunn
@C_Ox2_K @ParkerGreve @noradekeyser Would #WooPigSooie or #RollTide be appropriate now? Just kidding! We're glad you're here! #prodchatSendgine
Personally, I find that working from home is much more of distraction #prodchatErin Creelman
@michgunn Yes! You too! How's #NYC? #prodchatSendgine
@profkrg Hey, Kenna, my #Productivity guru! ;-) We are discussing office #organization today on #prodchat!Ray Sidney-Smith
Yes! I do some of my best work from home. Its all about your personal mindset and motivation! RT @rsidneysmith: Q1 #prodchatNora Dekeyser
Bragger! ;) I never get to be the best seller. How's the baby? @apinaud: I am a productivity best seller author and speaker. #prodchat”Kenna Griffin
I'm Hope, a junior at Ohio State majoring in Communications. I'm big a list maker so that helps me stay productive. #prodchatHope Blunk
A1 working at home it is a challenge. It can make you more productive, but also need more self control and boundaries #prodchatAugusto Pinaud
Q2: WHAT ASPECTS OF YOUR HOME OR BUSINESS OFFICE LAYOUT, MAKES YOUR #PRODUCTIVITY BE #PRODCHATRay Sidney-Smith
A1 Yes, working from home is essential to my productivity. That's where I coach, write, think. I only teach at university. #prodchatNatalie M. Houston
@rsidneysmith oh, Lord! I need this one. I'll tweet a pic of my home office in a bit. You'll all gasp. #prodchatKenna Griffin
Not bad. A little warmer, although a little bit rainy. You win some and lose some. ;) MT @sendgine: Yes! You too! Hows #NYC? #prodchatMichelle Gunn
@noradekeyser hi #prodchatJustin Weisman
@profkrg ;) #prodchatAugusto Pinaud
Almost forgot our introduction. We're Sendgine! We love #socialproductivity and helping people be more #productive! #prodchatSendgine
A1. Yes, I can be very productive at home. But when being home is the norm, it gets a little more tricky to not get distracted. #prodchatMichelle Gunn
Similar to Hope, I am a junior at Ohio State majoring in strategic communications and consumer sciences #prodchatErin Creelman
Do you think that marketing and advertisement can be very beneficial in the law field ? #prodchatJustin Weisman
A1: Yes, I tend to be more productive at home. My office is across from the student newsroom. It's "organized" chaos. #prodchatKenna Griffin
A1: I do most of my work at home. Making to do lists definitely help me stay focus and keeps away from distractions #listmaker #prodchatHope Blunk
I'm also a junior at Ohio State majoring in communications @hope_blunk I stay on top of all my work by making lists too! #prodchatLara Tutton
@justin_weisman Sure! #Inboundmarketing could be very powerful with whitepapers, etc. #prodchatSendgine
A1: Plus, when I work from home I don't lose commute time and I can have laundry going while I work. #prodchatKenna Griffin
Hi everyone! Sorry I'm a little late! #prodchatJodi A. Campbell
A2 I use a standing desk in my home office which really helps me stay focused and comfortable #prodchatNatalie M. Houston
Ray, what's the end to Q2? Is it cut off after 'be'? #prodchatMichelle Gunn
Who invited all of Ohio State? Welcome, guys and gals! #prodchatKenna Griffin
I couldn't make it a week without my planner #prodchat #organizationParker Greve
I think that no matter what industry you are in their is so much room for communications and can always make you productive #work #prodchatJustin Weisman
@profkrg Hey Kenna! Nice to see you again! #prodchatSendgine
A2: It's quiet at home during the day. That helps productivity a lot! #prodchatKenna Griffin
A2 We have lots of whiteboards, so we have an easy space to capture ideas, turn them into action plans, and excite efficiently. #prodchatSendgine
Q2 was supposed to end with "better" LOL Sorry about that. #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith
A1 I'm finding it really difficult to work from home, even though I desperately need to in order to finish my #dissertation. #prodchatJodi A. Campbell
@sendgine hello! It's great to see you too. Happy Wednesday! #prodchatKenna Griffin
“@profkrg: Who invited all of Ohio State? Welcome, guys and gals! #prodchat” I believe (most) of us are here for our strat comm classParker Greve
A2 I've moved my desk to look out my window. The distractions out there are better for focus than the ones in my kitchen. ;) #prodchatMichelle Gunn
@noradekeyser Well, we'll follow you too! What is your major at Ohio State? #prodchatSendgine
A2: Weird personality quirk, I concentrate better with background radio. But TV...big no-no. #prodchatJohn Nolan
Jealous! @sendgine: A2 We have lots of whiteboards, so we have an easy space to capture ideas... #prodchatKenna Griffin
@jodiacampbell What's your biggest issue with #productivity at home? #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith
@ParkerGreve Nice! Have you checked out any other Twitter Chats? #prodchatSendgine
A2 Communicating with other family members about your need for undisturbed work time can be key to working well from home. #prodchatNatalie M. Houston
wierd was getting a 403 post error for the last few minutes, switched from IE to firefox, now its working again #prodchatJim McCullen
Thanks, Ray! #prodchatMichelle Gunn
A2 I have a giant, erasable 4 month calendar that lets me keep track of deadlines AND "start"lines. I can't function without it. #prodchatJodi A. Campbell
@jodiacampbell what's stopping you? Any ideas? #prodchatKenna Griffin
MT @michgunn: A2 moved my desk to look out my window. Distractions out there are better for focus than the ones in my kitchen. ;) #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith
@profkrg hello!! what are you thoughts on how well our school #TheOhioStateUniversity markets? #stayingproductive #prodchatJustin Weisman
@apinaud ohhh is it #prodchat time?AnnaRegina
A2: I always work with enough space to see all my work (usually at a desk) to avoid clutter #prodchatLara Tutton
@jrnolan12 Same here. We always have music, but no TV. Not even Bloomberg. Ha Ha. #prodchatSendgine
Agreed! RT @jrnolan12: A2: Weird personality quirk, I concentrate better with background radio. But TV...big no-no. #prodchatMichelle Gunn
@michgunn There's some pretty good research showing that ancillary stimulation can help you focus! cc @jrnolan12 #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith
@profkrg You are welcome to come by anytime! Our HQ are in #Indianapolis! :) #prodchatSendgine
I am a complete neat freak, so everything on my desk is always organized #productive #prodchatErin Creelman
@ScarletRegina Hi, Anna! Welcome to #prodchat. Yes, indeed. It is #productivity conversation time! ;-) #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith
@rsidneysmith Too many distractions, from tv to my dog's refusal to be ignored. Even housework is sometimes better than writing. #prodchatJodi A. Campbell
@C_Ox2_K Ha Ha. Don't judge--not yet. Lots of client work today. Summarize for us? #prodchatSendgine
I agree. I always need a clean desk with just the project at hand on it. Clutter just distracts me. #prodchatMichelle Gunn
@jrnolan12 Same here. Classical music is very helpful to me. When I try to do serious work while watching tv, I get distracted #prodchatAnnaRegina
A2 another benefit to working at home: my three dogs are always ready to take a break and play outdoors. Clears the mind. #prodchatNatalie M. Houston
@sendgine Unfortunately not. I'm new to this. But I'm really starting to see the potential behind these #prodchat #personalgrowthParker Greve
A2: I have a room in the basement that no one bothers me in. That is where I am most #productive and can really focus on my tasks #prodchatNora Dekeyser
A2: I prefer working from my desk. I like having a lot of room to do my work and it helps me stay organized #productive #prodchat #prodchatHope Blunk
@rsidneysmith I've participated before. I'm usually never free around this time. Glad to be able to join again! #prodchatAnnaRegina
Q3: WHAT NON-DIGITAL TOOLS IN YOUR OFFICE HELP KEEP YOU ORGANIZED AND THEREFORE MORE EFFICIENT? #PRODCHAT #PRODUCTIVITYRay Sidney-Smith
A2 Standup desk, just bought it from amazon for 250 #prodchatJim McCullen
I always need to have the right environment to stay productive with no distractions!! Being very organized is also keyy #prodchatJustin Weisman
@ParkerGreve Cool! I'm glad you like them! If you like #prodchat, you might like #TChat or #SWChat too. :) Sendgine
@sendgine that's pretty far from me, but I'll take you up on it if I'm ever in town. #prodchatKenna Griffin
@ScarletRegina come and join us #prodchatAugusto Pinaud
I also find it helpful to study in public places where I am forced to do work instead of goof off at home #easilydistracted #prodchatLara Tutton
@nmhouston I do the same w/my pup. If I'm feeling stuck then I take him for a walk & come back to my work refreshed/creative. #prodchatAnnaRegina
A3 an in-basket. And a shredder (no annoying paper hanging around). #prodchatMichelle Gunn
@C_Ox2_K That makes us a bit nervous. Maybe we should check this out right now… #prodchatSendgine
@noradekeyser I am most #productive at SEL where no one can bother me :) #prodchatJustin Weisman
To the authors in the room. Currently reading 7 habits of highly effective people. Any other recommendations? Including your own? #prodchatParker Greve
You would die twice if you saw my desk. @michgunn: I always need a clean desk with just the project at hand on it. #prodchatKenna Griffin
@ScarletRegina Wonderful! Welcome back! It's what happens when I don't host every chat. I lose track of all the wonderful ppl! :-) #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith
@profkrg Ahh. Writer's block bc of a paralyzing fear of failure, both of which I'm just starting to overcome. Thankfully! #prodchatJodi A. Campbell
Cool! RT @jjmccullen: A2 Standup desk, just bought it from amazon for 250 #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith
@profkrg Absolutely! :) #prodchatSendgine
@jjmccullen I've been using a standing desk for almost a year-- really love it! Recommend getting anti-fatigue floor mat #prodchatNatalie M. Houston
Q3: My Lilly Pulitzer Planner!!!! It is the worlds best planner #production #organization @lillypulitzer #prodchatNora Dekeyser
I work from home and have learn that the desk need to be clean and ready for me when I arrived at 4:30 am #prodchatAugusto Pinaud
#prodchat sorry I'm late! A1: Absolutely, love doing productive work at home. A2: Love having access to cooking/food at home--for the mind!Jennifer Park
@ParkerGreve I would really recommend continuing on after #7Habits and read Dr. Covey's #8thHabit! #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith
Shredder, check! :) RT "@michgunn: A3 an in-basket. And a shredder (no annoying paper hanging around). #prodchat"Sendgine
@ParkerGreve, we are reading Getting Things done for a book group that @rsidneysmith is hosting starting this saturday at noon est #prodchatJim McCullen
Ah! yes... "@TuttonLara I also find it helpful to study in public places where I am forced to do work instead of goof off at home" #prodchatMichelle Gunn
@nmhouston, funny enough I just ordered the mat today #prodchatJim McCullen
Good idea, Natalie! MT @nmhouston: @jjmccullen Ive been using a standing desk-- really love it! Recommend: anti-fatigue floor mat #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith
That's an awesome idea! MT @nmhouston: @jjmccullen Ive been using a standing desk for almost a year-- really love it! #prodchatMichelle Gunn
@jodiacampbell I read Finish your dissertation once and for all. It was helpful for that. I got a "bravo" on my latest revisions! #prodchatKenna Griffin
@noradekeyser I completely agree! #prodchatHope Blunk
@TuttonLara Totally understandable! Accountability, check. We sometimes work from @Starbucks or @Panera for that reason too! #prodchatSendgine
@TuttonLara I am often my most productive when I am at a coffee shop or park w/wifi. #prodchatAnnaRegina
A3: my handy dandy notebook! #prodchatKenna Griffin
@jennpark Hey Jennifer! Great to connect on #prodchat! Good answer to #2! :) Sendgine
@@C_Ox2_K, I am doing it more to keep my hips from getting too tight, no back issues so I can't comment #prodchatJim McCullen
@ParkerGreve I'm a mass comm prof! Did your professor ask you to attend? Why? #prodchatKenna Griffin
@profkrg @jodiacampbell I may just take your advice and pick that book up! #prodchatJennifer Park
@noradekeyser @lillypulitzer Good choice! Side note--Lilly had a clearance sale on some of those today. ;) #prodchatSendgine
A2 my spot in a the library #prodchatJustin Weisman
@jennpark Not a worry! Great to have you on the chat! #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith
A3 Index cards a lamp an the desk. Everything else in mine is digital #prodchatAugusto Pinaud
A3 Pen, notebook, coffee are some of my favorite non-digital office tools :) #prodchatNatalie M. Houston
@justin_weisman yikes. I'm afraid I don't know enough about your efforts to answer that question. #prodchatKenna Griffin
Q3 I always use my phone as a planer its greattt #prodchatJustin Weisman
@ScarletRegina Yes coffee shops have the best atmospheres! I always feel comfortable and in a good mind set to do work :) #prodchatLara Tutton
Q3: My @LillyPulitzer planner and my desk. I am a very organized person so everything I need is in those two places. #prodchatHope Blunk
@jennpark @jodiacampbell It was just nice knowing I'm not alone. And, believe me, we're not. #prodchatKenna Griffin
A3. Dry erase board and markers are a definite for our offices. #prodchatSendgine
Coffee! Yes! :D RT @nmhouston: A3 Pen, notebook, coffee are some of my favorite non-digital office tools :) #prodchatMichelle Gunn
A3: It's my clipboard and fountain pen. I get more "deep work" done in my office with those two tools than any other non-digital. #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith
@jennpark @profkrg I read Anne Lamott's Bird by Bird, which was v. helpful getting over writers block, but I might check that out. #prodchatJodi A. Campbell
RT @sendgine: A3. Dry erase board and markers are a definite for our offices. #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith
I love all of those things, in that order. @nmhouston: A3 Pen, notebook, coffee are some of my favorite non-digital office tools. #prodchatKenna Griffin
@TuttonLara I find that a simple change of scenery can increase my productivity. #prodchatAnnaRegina
@Sendgine I love dry erase boards, great way to get started on a project #prodchatJim McCullen
MT @hope_blunk: Q3: My @LillyPulitzer planner and desk. I am a very organized person so everything I need is in those two places. #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith
my planner is my life, has everything ill ever need in it #organized #prodchatErin Creelman
A3: Everything and anything I need to remember goes on my phone (it's attached to my hand) #prodchatLara Tutton
@nmhouston My office is 45 minutes away, so that's out. I've tried finding places, but haven't been v. successful anywhere so far. #prodchatJodi A. Campbell
@c_ox2_k human spine is not designed for sitting at a desk all day. Using a standing desk some of the time helps relieve strain #prodchatNatalie M. Houston
@jodiacampbell Agreed! Lamott's book was pretty fantastic. #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith
@nmhouston I'm still searching, though! #prodchatJodi A. Campbell
@profkrg @nmhouston lol, I'd have to put coffee on the top of my list. #prodchatAnnaRegina
@tuttonlara, same here until last week when I trashed my phone, I have been having withdrawals all week without my smartphone. #prodchatJim McCullen
@rsidneysmith yes, I also find that writing by hand is best for deep, creative thinking #prodchatNatalie M. Houston
@profkrg @jennpark That's what I liked about Lamott's book. It's for all writers, but it's nice to know writers struggle, too. #prodchatJodi A. Campbell
@ParkerGreve By the way, you might enjoy books by @briansolis or @DanielPink too. Great authors--great #socialbiz ideas. #prodchatSendgine
@jjmccullen Totally. It's usually where all of our great thinking starts! :) #prodchatSendgine
I've also found that there are some great apps you can download on an iPhone to increase productivity #prodchatLara Tutton
@rsidneysmith Lifesaving! Almost as much as my giant calendar! #prodchatJodi A. Campbell
@nmhouston @C_Ox2_K Yep. I teach yoga & even I find myself slouching when I sit for too long. Never happens w/standing desk. #prodchatAnnaRegina
I've been using a portable whiteboard I really like by Ideafuel http://www.whiteboardreinvented.com/ -- can move it around #prodchatNatalie M. Houston
Daniel Pink is a great speaker, i saw him recently at a concert. Some great videos of him on Youtube #prodchatJim McCullen
Coffee, that is a given on mine tooRT @nmhouston: A3 Pen, notebook, coffee are some of my favorite non-digital office tools :) #prodchatAugusto Pinaud
Coffee and dry erase boards are definitely my go-to when starting on a project. #prodchat #prodchatMark Dunn
Q4: DO YOU KEEP A PHYSICAL OR DIGITAL FILING SYSTEM IN YOUR OFFICE? PRO’S AND CON’S? #PRODCHAT #PRODUCTIVITYRay Sidney-Smith
@jjmccullen I don't know what I would do without mine! It's probably bad how dependent I am with my phone #prodchatLara Tutton
oops, meant to say conference not concert (daniel Pink) #prodchatJim McCullen
@ParkerGreve excellent! What is the class? #prodchatKenna Griffin
Yes, and for scriptotherapy! MT @nmhouston: yes, I also find that writing by hand is best for deep, creative thinking #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith
A4 I went digital. Still getting the remaining files digitized, but everything new is automatically electronified. #prodchatMichelle Gunn
A4 - Digital, the only paper in my office is for projects I am actively working. Leaves more room for snacks in my drawers #prodchatJim McCullen
My handwriting is illegible RT @nmhouston: @rsidneysmith yes, I also find that writing by hand is best for deep, creative thinking #prodchatAugusto Pinaud
@nmhouston That looks amazing! I want one. #prodchatJodi A. Campbell
Q4b: TO WIT, WHAT ARE THE PRO'S AND CON'S OF YOUR OWN FILING SYSTEM (WHETHER DIGITAL OR PHYSICAL)? #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith
A4 We're totally digital, so we keep everything stored online and in the cloud. Plus, our #trainofthought system is secure. #prodchatSendgine
@jjmccullen I was on a hilarious imaginative tangent imagining a concert with productivity authors :) #prodchatNatalie M. Houston
A4: Yes? I keep most files in digital form in Evernote. I also have an alphabetized filing box for dissertation lit. #prodchatKenna Griffin
As a college student, I do have a digital filing system I use that makes things extremely simple. #Productivity #prodchatMark Dunn
A1 I find that being able to have all my backup documents on hand no matter where I am is super handy. No need to tote folders ;) #prodchatMichelle Gunn
A4: I keep a digital filing system CONS = can get lost/erased PROS = easy/efficient #prodchatLara Tutton
@jjmccullen you can't underestimate snacks. #prodchatKenna Griffin
+1 RT "@TuttonLara: A4: I keep a digital filing system CONS = can get lost/erased PROS = easy/efficient #prodchat"Sendgine
A4a: I'm hybrid. I have a calendar file (tickler), but I eventually digitize everything. Good is centralization of all data. #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith
A4 still have some of both, though paper files greatly reduced due to my beloved Scansnap scanner #prodchatNatalie M. Houston
A4 everything that can be digital goes to Evernote... Sadly there is a bunch of paper that you need to keep #prodchatAugusto Pinaud
Absolutely! Not easily lost. RT "@C_Ox2_K: A4B: with my digital I can pull statements up from anywhere using my phone or ipad #prodchat"Sendgine
@rsidneysmith Going digital. Physical files are still sometimes quicker/easier. Has anyone used "Neat" scanning system? Thoughts? #prodchatJohn Nolan
A4b: Bad is that if I'm in a place where no Web access, I'm sunk. EG, when you're hired by someone who works in the Pentagon! :-( #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith
A4.2 even most of those on paper are also in an electronic format #prodchatAugusto Pinaud
A4 I'm entering the academic job mkt & realized I have too much paper to carry w/ me on multiple moves. Almost fully digital now. #prodchatJodi A. Campbell
A4: Both…although primarily digital. Physical is now less dependable because most files I need aren't printed out #prodchatJennifer Park
@profkrg Comm3334 Strt Msg Desgn #OSU @AlyMoses #prodchatParker Greve
A4 being able to annotate PDFs by hand (w/stylus) on my tablet now an extra bonus to my digital filing system #prodchatNatalie M. Houston
@jjmccullen I knew I should had kept those drawers #prodchat what a shame I don't have any anymore :( Augusto Pinaud
@jennpark That's great! Better for the environment too, which we like! :) #prodchatSendgine
@apinaud @nmhouston @rsidneysmith Ah! Illegible handwriting! The sign of a true creative thinker! #prodchatAnnaRegina
A4: I would prefer digital because I find it easier to manage but its not a bad thing to have physical either. #prodchatHope Blunk
@ScarletRegina I like that... Need to remember that #prodchatAugusto Pinaud
A4b: biggest con--changing my mind about how I want to organize. I want to try new systems, but hard to change once you have one #prodchatJennifer Park
@C_Ox2_K Yes! We can appreciate that feeling too. What system do you use? #prodchatSendgine
HA!! RT @apinaud: @jjmccullen I knew I should had kept those drawers #prodchat what a shame I dont have any anymore :( #prodchatMichelle Gunn
A4b I recently had an issue finding notes I took on a 219 page doc for my #dissertation. I now have the Found app as a backup. #prodchatJodi A. Campbell
Help for John, anyone? MT @jrnolan12: Has anyone used "Neat" scanning system? Thoughts? #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith
Snagit is a great tool to help get rid of paper. When I need to sign something I print it to Snagit, paste in my signature done #prodchatJim McCullen
yes, I moved way too much paper 15 yrs ago MT @jodiacampbell: realized I have too much paper to carry w/ me on multiple moves. #prodchatNatalie M. Houston
@jennpark I do think trying new organizational systems can be good. Sometimes we need to rejuvenate how we organize things. #prodchatAnnaRegina
@jjmccullen Agreed. SnagIt is wonderful. #prodchatJohn Nolan
MT @jjmccullen: Snagit is great to get rid of paper. When I need to sign something I print it to Snagit, paste in my signature #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith
@jennpark Agreed! I still haven't found a system I'm completely happy w/ and can waste time reorganizing. #prodchatJodi A. Campbell
@ScarletRegina Well said!! #prodchatSendgine
I use to have one. Now I scan using the camera on the iPhone or iPad. Easier and faster #prodchat (use ScannerPro as an app)Augusto Pinaud
My friend has a "neat" scanner. I set it up for her to scan direct to Evernote. Gives her more control over the material she scans #prodchatMichelle Gunn
@jodiacampbell I had that problem working from multiple offices. Whatever I needed was in the other place. Solution = digital. #prodchatKenna Griffin
@C_Ox2_K Oh, yes! I use @Evernote, @Dropbox and other services with offline access. Still not helpful inside the Pentagon! LOL #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith
I prefer a digital system when keeping my paperwork organized #prodchatErin Creelman
The Neat software is pretty handy, though. The receipts one reads the receipts and puts the info in a database. Not too shabby! #prodchatMichelle Gunn
@C_Ox2_K It's been a learning process, and now I know to print what I need before going to see my client...and stepping outside! #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith
@Apinaud, same here I take pictures of all my receipts with Evernote #prodchatJim McCullen
@C_Ox2_K @rsidneysmith I use Dropbox for my course lectures for a given semester. Everything else is on Evernote. #prodchatKenna Griffin
@C_Ox2_K We have not! Do you like it? (PS We love how a lot of tools are integrating @Dropbox, @Box, and @evernote files.) #prodchatSendgine
Q5: DO YOU WORK IN DIFFERENT LOCATIONS? IF SO, HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH SETTING UP A #PRODUCTIVITY WORK ENVIRONMENT AD HOC? #PRODCHATRay Sidney-Smith
@jodiacampbell @jennpark it took me FOREVER to figure out how to organize my dissertation lit. Finally got it about two weeks ago. #prodchatKenna Griffin
I use my Scansnap scanner at home office, and when mobile use Camscanner on my phone -- http://bit.ly/VOIY6S #prodchatNatalie M. Houston
@sendgine @C_Ox2_K @profkrg I'm finding that @LogMeIn and similar services are less necessary now with @Google Drive. You? #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith
I work on a table with iPad, index cards and coffee... Even that I have a nice set up at home I can work anywhere #prodchatAugusto Pinaud
A5: Until last semester I worked from home, work and school. Three offices meant msny things were in my car. Down to two. #prodchatKenna Griffin
@nmhouston Oh, what mobile platforms is @Camscanner available on? #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith
A5 Our employees work wherever they like--but most do a mix of home and office. As long as they have laptops, they are good to go! #prodchatSendgine
I never heard of @Evernote until tonight. Thanks for introducing it to me. #GreatTips #prodchatHope Blunk
@profkrg @jodiacampbell glad you did! That's exactly what I'm struggling with right now, how to organize all that diss lit #prodchatJennifer Park
@profkrg @C_Ox2_K Kenna, does your school have a particular eLearning platform it uses? #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith
@profkrg @jennpark That's still an issue but it's too late now to reorganize. I refuse to go through 1000s of scanned pages again. #prodchatJodi A. Campbell
A5: I organized by putting everything in either Dropbox or Evernote. I lost a ton of stuff when they dumped MobileMe. :( #prodchatKenna Griffin
A5: Sometimes I work in different locations...most of the time I stick to where I feel comfortable (Barnes&Noble, Starbucks etc.) #prodchatLara Tutton
@rsidneysmith Definitely agree. @google is making some major, exciting moves in this space! #prodchatSendgine
A5 I work at home and in coffee shops now. Pretty much just need my laptop and a power source. Oh, and the ever important coffee! #prodchatMichelle Gunn
@C_Ox2_K Nice. We'll have to check that out! Thanks for the recommendation! #prodchatSendgine
Hello #prodchat Finally able to make one of these.Isabel Pinaud
Timing is everything. Missed out on the majority of #prodchat once again. Sigh.Mike Vardy
@hope_blunk @evernote is amazing! Use it now. It's life changing. #prodchatKenna Griffin
RT @sendgine: @rsidneysmith Definitely agree. @google is making some major, exciting moves in this space! #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith
A5 I'll add, I use Pandora or Spotify for background music (headphones when not at home). #prodchatMichelle Gunn
A5 Ad hoc productivity starts with mental focus. Write down a purpose & specific goal for what you intend to accomplish. #prodchatNatalie M. Houston
@mikevardy Hey Mike! That's okay--we're still glad you are here! #prodchatSendgine
@jennpark @jodiacampbell I'm happy to share the method to my madness for your consideration. #prodchatKenna Griffin
RT @profkrg: @hope_blunk @evernote is amazing! Use it now. Its life changing. #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith
Absolutely! RT "@michgunn: A5 I'll add, I use Pandora or Spotify for background music (headphones when not at home). #prodchat"Sendgine
@rsidneysmith @c_ox2_k Yes, they use Desire2Learn. #prodchatKenna Griffin
A5 I struggled w/ @evernote for a long time but finally forced myself to incorporate it into my workflow bc of multiple workspaces #prodchatJodi A. Campbell
@hope_blunk Oh, you are missing out! @evernote is great. #prodchatAnnaRegina
A5: Yes on diff. locations, although home primarily. Dropbox is huge for me for this, as is iCloud actually--I use Pages #prodchatJennifer Park
@degconsulting and @lilliweisz need to hear this... MT @profkrg: @hope_blunk @evernote is amazing! Use it now. Its life changing. #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith
@profkrg @jodiacampbell any and all advice on method is always welcome! #prodchatJennifer Park
A5 There was a great tip in a book about using music get yourself in the right frame of mind. @Apinaud's "25 Productivity Tips" ;) #prodchatMichelle Gunn
Productivity Book Group is this Saturday! Read #GTD w/ us! http://goo.gl/szV9b (event) or http://goo.gl/14lmJ (site). #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith
@rsidneysmith CamScanner is available for ios and android -- and for students on the chat, is free upgrade for dot edu emails #prodchatNatalie M. Houston
@profkrg Interesting! I'll have to pick your brain offline about Desire2Learn sometime...perhaps when you're in NYC! :-) #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith
@profkrg @jennpark Ooh yes please! #prodchatJodi A. Campbell
@rsidneysmith, I am just about done with chapter 3, I will be there on Saturday. #prodchatJim McCullen
@rsidneysmith sounds good. I've used it where I teach and at my PhD academy. #prodchatKenna Griffin
@michgunn BIG fan of @neatcompany products. Esp. considering the whole NeatCloud thing (and built-in tax stuff for CAN & US). #prodchatMike Vardy
MT @michgunn A5 ...great tip in a book about using music to get in the right frame of mind. @Apinaud's "25 Productivity Tips" ;) #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith
@jodiacampbell @jennpark Maybe we should G+ hangout or something... #prodchatKenna Griffin
@jjmccullen Sweet! You'll be a welcome and ready resource to all the new #GTD practitioners on the call! #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith
@jennpark @profkrg Ha! Grad students are always desperate for help, aren't we? #prodchatJodi A. Campbell
@rsidneysmith @michgunn @apinaud Who wrote that? I heard he's an ok fella. ;) #prodchatKenna Griffin
@mikevardy Oh, interesting. What's NeatCloud about? Is it a document repository for your scans? #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith
@rsidneysmith I am ready to get your thoughts about CYD for Gmail. I will send you a note to try to set a timeslot. #prodchatJim McCullen
@jodiacampbell @jennpark sadly, yes. #prodchatKenna Griffin
RT @nmhouston: CamScanner is available for ios and android -- and for students on the chat, is free upgrade for dot edu emails #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith
@jjmccullen Awesome...I'll be able to address next week. :-) #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith
A5 I tend to work in the same places... I have found that the more routine I make it the less distracted I can/will become #prodchatParker Greve
A5 Sites like pinterest where I can organize I just save the photos on my computer or instapaper so I limit my inboxes #prodchatIsabel Pinaud
A5: I wish there was a portable "second screen" for laptop, to use at ancillary locations. #prodchatJohn Nolan
Heard the same... but who knows :D RT @profkrg: @rsidneysmith @michgunn @apinaud Who wrote that? I heard he's an ok fella. ;) #prodchatAugusto Pinaud
MT @ParkerGreve: A5 I tend to work in the same places...the more routine I make it the less distracted I can/will become #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith
Q6: YAHOO JUST TERMINATED TELECOMMUTING. WHAT ARE GOOD RULES AND BAD HABITS YOU’VE LEARNED ABOUT TELEWORKING? #PRODCHATRay Sidney-Smith
Lurking in #prodchat to pick up some pointers. I think I have too many systems and need to streamline. Working on a sleeker GTD workflow.Sara Keeth
@jodiacampbell @profkrg only because we care so much! #prodchatJennifer Park
A5: I'm always on the go. I've learned to have all my tools on me and always set them up the same wherever I might be working. #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith
@rsidneysmith Yep. And the NeatMobile app comes in handy when traveling. #prodchatMike Vardy
@jennpark @jodiacampbell and perhaps we don't do a good job of leaving a help trail because we're so happy when it's over? #prodchatKenna Griffin
when it comes to doing work, I would say I work within 2 or 3 different locations #prodchatErin Creelman
A5 If you have a portable inbox... you only need one inbox even if you work in multiple places. #prodchatIsabel Pinaud
@rsidneysmith Way late friend. Will read back to gather all I can. Im sure im missing a great one! #prodchatGreg Glovins
A6: Don't even get me started on the Yahoo thing. #prodchatKenna Griffin
@jrnolan12 Have you checked out Air Display for Windows/Mac/mobile? #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith
A6 Yahoo is a unique situation. Telecommuting can increase employee engagement, but you lose in-person spontaneous collaboration. #prodchatSendgine
@profkrg @jodiacampbell I'd be down! #prodchatJennifer Park
A6: Rule - You need build a structure and work within it to make sure you don't veer too far off course. #prodchatMike Vardy
A6: I've learned that I get more done remotely, but I have to be motivated and guard that time. #prodchatKenna Griffin
A5: I like to have a routine therefore working in the same place helps me stay motivated more #productivity #prodchatHope Blunk
@mikevardy Awesome! I'll have to check it out. I have Magic Wand and was thinking of going to @Doxie. I'll consider Neat too... #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith
A6: I've also learned that it's way too easy to want to take a nap. #prodchatKenna Griffin
Definitely RT @mikevardy: A6: Rule-You need build a structure and work within it to make sure you don't veer too far off course. #prodchat"Sendgine
A6 you really want me to go on the Yahoo telecommuting thing I need like 140 (thousand) characters. #prodchatAugusto Pinaud
A6 but the new slogan on Yahoo is going to be: 1995 will never be again like 1995 #prodchatAugusto Pinaud
A6 I think most jobs include telecommuting to some degree today, if unofficially, b/c of mobile technology, always-on email etc #prodchatNatalie M. Houston
A6 Telecommuting is a tough topic. Having been on the employer side of the conversation, I can get how it doesn't work for some #prodchatMichelle Gunn
@sendgine I feel the same, but I feel like they aren't utilizing amazing virtual technologies (even if not G+ Hangouts!) :-P #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith
A6: I've also learned to take full advantage of my most productive hours. I lose steam about 2 p.m. #prodchatKenna Griffin
Ditto. @apinaud: A6 you really want me to go on the Yahoo telecommuting thing I need like 140 (thousand) characters. #prodchat”Kenna Griffin
@profkrg @jodiacampbell there's a lot of truth to that…such a figure-it-out-sans-guidance process that when done we're exhausted #prodchatJennifer Park
@apinaud Same here. I cannot begin to describe how much that makes me rage. #prodchatAnnaRegina
@apinaud Hahaha...condense to under three tweets for us! ;-) #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith
@profkrg @jennpark That's true, too! I've tried to share what I've learned as much as possible bc I valued the help I got so much. #prodchatJodi A. Campbell
A6 Regardless, it's going to be interesting to watch how the culture and profitability of Yahoo is affected by the decision. #prodchatSendgine
Agreed! MT @nmhouston: A6 I think most jobs incl. telecommuting to some degree today, if unofficially, b/c of mobile technology... #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith
@rsidneysmith Absolutely! There have to be serious culture issues, though, for a CEO to make that kind of decision. #prodchatSendgine
Environment an important cue for establishing work habits MT @hope_blunk: working in the same place helps me stay motivated #prodchatNatalie M. Houston
@profkrg @jennpark Works for me #prodchatJodi A. Campbell
Gotta say adios to #prodchat. Dinner awaits. Until next week...Mike Vardy
A6 It probably works with certain types of people, but I would get way more distracted. You need a structure. #prodchatIsabel Pinaud
@sendgine Not necessarily. My coworkers/clients & I are always texting, emailing, calling each other with new ideas. #prodchatAnnaRegina
A6: I've had teleworking / telecommuting as part of my employment arrangements w/ staff always...good guidelines, never a problem. #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith
RT @sendgine: @rsidneysmith Absolutely! There have to be serious culture issues, though, for a CEO to make that kind of decision. #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith
A6 works well for proven employees with a solid track record. Not so good for new hires #prodchatJim McCullen
A6: Some folks more productive teleworking, some less. Maybe Mayer will enforce policy initially but then offer 'hall passes"? #prodchatJohn Nolan
@nmhouston Great point! Email is *always* there. #prodchatJodi A. Campbell
@IsaPinaud Good to see you, Isabel! Yes, structure, boundaries and guidelines are so important. #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith
I believe you have to be able to read/interact w/ ppl and face-to-face interpersonal comm is a necessity even if only twice a wk. #prodchatParker Greve
@sendgine @rsidneysmith Well, there is also the issue that Mayer likely made this announcement to thin the herd. #prodchatAnnaRegina
A6b: One of the things I want of telecommuters is to be ON when they're working and OFF when they're not. So important! #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith
RT @jjmccullen: A6 works well for proven employees with a solid track record. Not so good for new hires #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith
But email and txting is not necessarily telecommuting... That's just always being "ON". :( Not at all the same thing. #prodchatMichelle Gunn
A6: Good rules: managing time and capitalizing on your most productive times of the day #prodchatJennifer Park
@rsidneysmith Good to be here! Sorry I was late. Without boundaries you have nothing #prodchatIsabel Pinaud
@jennpark @profkrg It does have a bit of a sink or swim feel to it that is unnecessary and exhausting. #prodchatJodi A. Campbell
You don't need to eliminate telecommuting, you just need to make the workplace more attractive, that would had been a better call #prodchatAugusto Pinaud
@rsidneysmith No, will do. #prodchatJohn Nolan
@ScarletRegina @rsidneysmith Absolutely true. Steely efficient, then? #prodchatSendgine
@ScarletRegina @sendgine Agreed. And to show strength of their human intellectual capital. #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith
Exactly MT @rsidneysmith: A6b: One of the things I want of telecommuters is to be ON when theyre working and OFF when theyre not. #prodchatMichelle Gunn
@michgunn I agree completely #prodchatIsabel Pinaud
@sendgine what about the ability for different departments to collaborate and become more in tune with one another? #prodchatAlex Haycock
Important for self-employed too MT @rsidneysmith: I want telecommuters to be ON when they're working and OFF when they're not.#prodchatNatalie M. Houston
MT @apinaud: dont need to eliminate telecommuting...need to make the workplace more attractive, that would had been a better call #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith
@jjmccullen It has other applications, too. I have health issues & can't physically make it into an office every day. #prodchatAnnaRegina
@nmhouston Absolutely! I don't expect that of my employees without expecting it of myself. #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith
@jjmccullen Telecommuting increases my productivity & does so for other ppl w/health issues #prodchatAnnaRegina
Dumb twitter question, if people are following me but not following the #prodchat, do they still see all of my tweets from this #prodchatJim McCullen
@amhaycock Way to point that out--do you mean like team bonding and cross-collaboration? We think that will absolutely result! #prodchatSendgine
RT @scarletregina: Telecommuting increases my productivity & does so for other ppl w/health issues #prodchatNatalie M. Houston
Woah, there it is! #prodchat has steam-rolled through the hour! So much fun, everyone!Ray Sidney-Smith
@ScarletRegina @jjmccullen Good point, even for folks w/o issues. Offices = germs = increased sick days = reduced productivity. #prodchatJohn Nolan
A6 technology has allow us to do telecommuting really effective, why a technology company want to go back. #prodchatAugusto Pinaud
@jjmccullen they will see all of your tweets from #prodchat that don't begin with someone's handle (i.e. a reply).Natalie M. Houston
yes MT @jjmccullen: if people are following me but not following the #prodchat, do they still see all of my tweets from this #prodchatMichelle Gunn
can't believe how quickly that time went by, why does it go so much slower when i am doing hill repeats on my mountain bike? #prodchatJim McCullen
Fast!! RT @rsidneysmith: Woah, there it is! #prodchat has steam-rolled through the hour! So much fun, everyone! #prodchatMichelle Gunn
@jjmccullen Yup. they see all the tweets...unless you @reply to someone who doesn't follow both of you. #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith
Thanks, everyone! Have a great week! See you next Wednesday. :) #prodchatMichelle Gunn
@rsidneysmith Thanks for another excellent #prodchat! Shoutout to all our new friends from The Ohio State! :) Sendgine
Sometimes I think she want to prove that she can be as cool as google without the perks. #prodchatAugusto Pinaud
@nmhouston @jjmccullen What Natalie more eloquently said! ;-) #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith
@jjmccullen @ replies are seen only by people who are following both users. #prodchatNatalie M. Houston
A6 I'm trying to incorporate 90 minute blocks of #productivity w/ real breaks that rejuvenate. #prodchatJodi A. Campbell
@michgunn You too! Take care Michelle! Chat next week! #prodchatSendgine
thanks for the answers to my tweet question #prodchatJim McCullen
@C_Ox2_K Take care Ryan! Good luck with all your trading! #prodchatSendgine
Google people people work how they work because the environment remove that and they will go home. That's what Mayer is trying #prodchatAugusto Pinaud
so glad I got to join #prodchat! Got some great advice tonight #prodchatErin Creelman
Good Nite all! #prodchatJim McCullen
I hope to hear some of your voices on the Productivity Book Group http://productivitybooks.tumblr.com on Saturday! :-) #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith
Thanks for a great #prodchat! Time flew!Jodi A. Campbell
@jjmccullen Goodnight, Jim! Good to have you here. #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith
@sendgine @rsidneysmith Yay fellow Buckeyes! OH... #prodchatJohn Nolan
@C_Ox2_K Great to have you join us, Ryan! #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith
Time flies when you're being productive! #prodchatJennifer Park
See you all next Wednesday for an intensely informative #prodchat!Ray Sidney-Smith
Check out the #prodchat transcript tomorrow, which I’ll tweet in the morning! #productivityRay Sidney-Smith
Goodnight #prodchat friends!Augusto Pinaud
Thanks @rsidneysmith and everyone for another great #prodchat! very rich conversation tonight!Natalie M. Houston
That was fast! @rsidneysmith: Woah, there it is! #prodchat has steam-rolled through the hour! So much fun, everyone!”Kenna Griffin
RT @jennpark: Time flies when you're being productive! #prodchatNatalie M. Houston
@nmhouston You're very welcome, Natalie! Your #prodchat contributions are always so great...see you next week! :-D Ray Sidney-Smith
Goodnight #prodchat @rsidneysmithIsabel Pinaud
@jodiacampbell @jennpark Yes, let's DM about when. Did we just plan a DM to plan a hangout about planning? #prodchatKenna Griffin
@profkrg @jodiacampbell ha! yes we did. #prodchat ftwJennifer Park
I said I would share the state of my desk in my home office. It typically looks like this. Don't judge. #prodchat http://pic.twitter.com/8exBG9FdJQKenna Griffin
This is what writing a dissertation does to your home office floor. #prodchat #phdchat #phdproblems http://pic.twitter.com/spoDnR61hCKenna Griffin