Personal Productivity

The Who’s Who of Your Contact List

wrote this on May 31, 2011
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In the past, I’ve talked about how I’m using my IQTELL account with Email, Bookmarks, Online Shopping and Tasks. Another topic I’d like to talk about is Contacts and how I’m using IQTELL to make sense of them all.

Have you ever taken a look at your Gmail contact list? I personally have over 600 contacts, of which I probably need, or, for that matter, know only about 25 percent. Looking at a contact, I often ask myself, “Who is this person?” On one hand, I’d like to clean up my contact list and get rid of contacts I don’t need. On the other, I find that I don’t have enough information to do so.

I thought it would be nice if I had additional information that could help me visualize what I know about my contacts and how they relate to me. I found that managing my contacts in my IQTELL Workspace provided me with the tools I needed. I started by importing all my contacts from Gmail and other sources so that I had them all in one place. Then, I found the flexibility of adding useful information about each of my contacts was very helpful. For example, I added notes about how I met the person, the organization they’re associated with and other people (contacts) that person is connected with.

As I tried to clean up my contact list, what helped me a lot was the ability to quickly find all “related entries”. IQTELL allows me to see all the entries in my Workspace that are related to a particular contact. For example, I can quickly see if there are any emails that I’ve received from or sent to them, or I can see that a given person is part of my “2009 Alaska Cruise” contact group. It’s amazing how quickly you remember who someone is simply by reading old email conversations. It doesn’t take long to go through my contacts, figuring out who email addresses without names belong to, even if it’s a contact I saved several years ago.

As a matter of fact, the other day, as I was going through my contacts in my IQTELL Workspace, I stumbled upon Mary. I realized that I met her on business trip a while back and that she was in the media business. I also saw some of the emails we had previously exchanged when she expressed an interest to move to the New York area. Lo and behold, my company is currently looking for somebody with Mary’s experience. Chalk one up to coincidence and luck!

All in all, it’s just another reason I’m glad I imported my Gmail, Yahoo! and AOL email accounts and contacts into my IQTELL Workspace!

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2 responses to “The Who’s Who of Your Contact List”

  1. Rednsocal says:

    does anyone know how I can export my contacts from my previous Yahoo account to my now current Gmail account???

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