Getting Organized in the Google Era

  • by Douglas Merrill, James A. Martin
  • Narrated by Douglas Merrill
  • 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Whether it's a faulty memory, a tendency to multitask, or difficulty managing our time, every one of us has limitations conspiring to keep us from being organized. But, as organizational guru and former Google CIO Douglas C. Merrill points out, it isn't our fault. Our brains simply aren't designed to deal with the pressures and competing demands on our attention in today's fast-paced, information-saturated, digital world.
What's more, he says, many of the ways in which our society is structured are outdated, imposing additional chaos that makes us feel stressed, scattered, and disorganized.
But it doesn't have to be this way. Luckily, we have a myriad of amazing new digital tools and technologies at our fingertips to help us manage the strains on our brains and on our lives; the trick is knowing when and how to use them. This is why Merrill, who helped spearhead Google's effort to "organize the world's information", offers a wealth of tips and strategies for how to use these new tools to become more organized, efficient, and successful than ever.
But if you're looking for traditional, rigid, one-size-fits-all strategies for organization, this isn't the book for you. Instead, Merrill draws on his intimate knowledge of how the brain works to help us develop fresh, innovative, and flexible systems of organization tailored to our individual goals, constraints, and lifestyles.
From how to harness the amazing power of search, to how to get the most out of cloud computing, to techniques for filtering through the enormous avalanche of information that assaults us at every turn, to tips for minimizing distractions and better integrating work and life, Getting Organized in the Google Era is chock-full of practical, invaluable, and often counterintuitive advice for anyone who wants to be more organized and productive - and less stressed - in our 21st-century world.


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Customer Reviews

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Not for those who already use online tools

Perhaps I am not the target audience since I already search my email, share my calendar and have my work and private life integrated. I was disappointed and hoped for more.
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- Renee


Just OK -- I expected more, being a big Google guy fan. Parts were interesting, but a little too much about his life with useful stuff sprinkled here and there. He does a decent job reading it himself though, in his weird Canada-via-the-Ozarks dialect.
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- Paul

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-16-2010
  • Publisher: Random House Audio