The Organized Mind

  • by Daniel J. Levitin
  • Narrated by Luke Daniels
  • 16 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author and neuroscientist Daniel J. Levitin shifts his keen insights from your brain on music to your brain in a sea of details.
The information age is drowning us with an unprecedented deluge of data. At the same time, we're expected to make more - and faster - decisions about our lives than ever before. No wonder, then, that the average American reports frequently losing car keys or reading glasses, missing appointments, and feeling worn out by the effort required just to keep up.
But somehow some people become quite accomplished at managing information flow. In The Organized Mind, Daniel J. Levitin, PhD, uses the latest brain science to demonstrate how those people excel - and how listeners can use their methods to regain a sense of mastery over the way they organize their homes, workplaces, and time.
With lively, entertaining chapters on everything from the kitchen junk drawer to health care to executive office workflow, Levitin reveals how new research into the cognitive neuroscience of attention and memory can be applied to the challenges of our daily lives. This Is Your Brain on Music showed how to better play and appreciate music through an understanding of how the brain works. The Organized Mind shows how to navigate the churning flood of information in the 21st century with the same neuroscientific perspective.

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Finally a book about productivity that delivers!

This is one crazy interesting book! It's long yes. And some reviewers find it way too long.

Me? I find it amazingly well-written, well-edited and deep. Daniel explores various concepts and elegantly connects them in a brilliant fashion.

This is one of those book I hope will never end. Each minute is packed full of info. No fluff in this book.

Beware though: the book does talk a lot about the various regions of the human brain, their interconnectedness and role in various situations related to procrastination, productivity, organisation, etc. So if you'd rather like a lighter read, this book probably isn't for you.

But if you like books with more substance, ones that challenge you, and have perhaps read and enjoyed Your Brain at Work: this book will be a surprisingly good listen for you.
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- Oliver Nielsen

Excellent reas for any professional

Where does The Organized Mind rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is an excellent book to understand how the mind works. The things we are taught to believe about how to learn or how memory works is so wrong. This Levitin does an excellent job at debunking some of those misconceptions. But the real value is in helping you organize your thoughts and your daily life.


Any additional comments?

Two criticisms I would make, and this happens in audio books all the time; reading the text without pause from the chapter heading on through, and speaking our URLs. Reading without pause makes it sound like the chapter heading is part of the chapter text and is confusing. Spelling out a URL, especially a long one is ridiculous. I am hearing an audio book, what value is it to read that to me? Just put that in the book page where the reviews are.

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- Renato Delatorre

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-19-2014
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio