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What's more, he says, many of the ways in which our society is structured are outdated, imposing additional chaos that makes us feel stressed, scattered, and disorganized.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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Yes. The way the material is organised means you can skip to different areas of the book and still pick up useful concepts
That he was able to overcome dyslexia and teach himself practical methods for being organised and dealing with massive amounts of information.
The beauty is he is reading his own story and he is the character. A very likeable gentleman who likes having a bit of fun in his life rather than the stereotypical business person. He has an innovative way of using song titles whilst introducing new chapters.
Emailing important information to yourself. So the information is recorded electronically which takes it out of your head and it is then searchable.
Overall, a solid audiobook with useful information for readers - not boring. Sounds like an interesting guy and a great self achievement story in itself without the added bonus of practical time management in a technological world. Really enjoyed it and got a lot out of it which I am using practically today.