What APO Does That Other PIM’s Do Not
a conventional approach, you would use different programs and documents for
different purposes such as managing contacts and to-do lists, launching internet
and file links, keeping track of your books, music records, digital photographs,
study notes, maintaining dictionaries of foreign languages and technical terms,
writing down your thoughts and memories, doing brainstorming etc.
resulting quantity and variety of files and programs could be hard to cope with,
for a number of reasons, such as:
high number of files in your hard disk and the need to remember contents and
location of each one
need to make global searches across multiple files with different formats
need to switch between different programs with different modes of operation
need to protect all your private data from other people
all above reasons, you may find more convenient to have a single tool and a
single file to manage all your personal information in a consistent and
homogeneous way, independently of their nature and purpose, but with the ability
to choose the way each piece of information should be displayed. This is exactly
the idea behind APO.
APO all data have the same internal structure and are stored in a single
database, but you can choose, for every category of data, the visual interface
more suitable to the particular use of the moment. So data will be
displayed as a grid mainly to show search results, as a tag map to insert and
update data in a creative, immediate way, as a tree structure to show the
logical organization of data, as a calendar to manage timed tasks, as a random
map or random items to stimulate your mind with graphically appealing and
can use APO just as an organizer, and manage your calendar, to-do lists, links,
and all sort of personal information by taking advantage of its highly ergonomic
features. Or you could go beyond that and use APO also as a self-improvement
tool to help you reach the best possible state of mind in terms of balance,
serenity, creativity, productivity and self-control.
order to achieve this “blessed” state of mind, it is necessary that
different parts of our brain communicate with each other as much as possible
(not just the left side communicating with the right side). In fact,
simultaneous stimulation of different mental agents may cause an information
flow between them, which can result in establishing a useful relationship (e.g.
a problem solving path) or reconciliation (in case of conflicting mental
agents). APO will help you in achieving all that.
APO database could function as a model of your mind, and allow you to manipulate
your mind in a limited but effective manner. First, you should build the model
by filling the database according to what you know and are able to remember
about your past and present life, and then you may alter the model and update
the database according to your rational judgment and objectives. Finally, you
can feed the improved, integrated model back into your mind by exposing
yourselves to the modified model through the mind stimulation functions of APO.
In fact, APO is not only a productivity tool; it is also a mind integrator and a tool for personal change management and self-improvement. (See also How APO can improve your life.)