I am so excited about a new productivity tool called the Productive Environment Platform or iPEP. It was created by the Productive Environment Institute and PBWorks (formerly PBWiki). The Productive Environment Institute (formerly Paper Tiger Productivity Institute), founded by the "Paper Tiger Lady" Barbara Hemphill, has developed many systems and strategies for office organizing and personal productivity over the years. This collaboration with PBWorks will revolutionize how we store and share information that relates to our physical filing system and our electronic information.
I foresee people relying on iPEPs just like they do cell phones. Personally, I no longer memorize phone numbers because they are all on my cell phone and are searchable in so many different ways. If I was without my phone for even a day, I would feel completely lost. Now that I am putting more and more data into my iPEP, I am relying on it to hold all of the information that passes through my life every day. Eventually, I will be lost without it as well.
What is an iPEP? An iPEP is a completely customizable, web-based information management system. Using Web 2.0 technologies, it becomes a collaboration tool as you can share your information with other people. Because it is web-based, you have access to your information from any device that has an Internet connection. This includes smart phones such as iPhone and Blackberries.
I am finding that the more information I put into my iPEP, the less dependent I am on my laptop. Because I carry my Blackberry with me all of the time, I can pull up my iPEP anytime, anywhere.
Here is how I am using it for my information management.