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by Douglas Merrill, James A. Martin

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Title:Getting Organized in the Google Era: How to Get Stuff out of Your Head, Find It When You Need It, and Get It Done Right
Authors:Douglas Merrill
Other authors:James A. Martin
Info:Broadway Business (2010), Hardcover, 272 pages
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Getting Organized in the Google Era: How to Get Stuff out of Your Head, Find It When You Need It, and Get It Done Right by Douglas C. Merrill




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I really wanted to like this book, but it just doesn't do it for me. The author's thoughts are not as clearly organized as you'd hope for considering this is a book about organization. The tips for organizing your life digitally are not much help if you already use email, online calendars, searching, and cloud storage for at least some of your organization. It is written with a pleasant, easy-to-read style, so it wasn't a difficult read. I felt it lacked the substance of other organizing books out there, unfortunately. Oh well. ( )
  alsatia | May 11, 2013 |
Maybe I could have used the time actually ORGANIZING something instead of reading a lot of words to give tips - some already well-known, a few interesting insights or phrased in a more compelling way, and some that are already outdated by the constant changes in our internet and Google world.
Could have been much more concise and outlined to be, indeed, helpful.
Interesting guy, but wasn't sure if his humor was worth the time it took to read through.
Maybe he as author and me as reader could have spent our time doing something more productive than dwelling on a "How to".
However, unless a book is impossible . . .I'm determined to FINISH it.
Some will find it helpful. Just wasn't for me. ( )
  CasaBooks | Apr 28, 2013 |
Quick read that very effectively helps you to think through and consider the way that you organize the information you need in order to live life. Don't know that I'd change much about the way that I organize myself, but as a middle school technology teacher, this book really made me think about how I present tech tools and organizational schemes to my seventh and eighth graders. ( )
  ambookgeek | Nov 29, 2010 |
This book is awful. It appears written for a twelve year old. The author explains the simplest things in nauseous detail. How large would the rock have had to be that the reader has been living under to need a basic explanation of a Day Timer? He keeps referring to the important things he's told the reader when those thing were the simplest mindless crap. This should have been published as one of those books for dummies. It is not something one would expect from an ex-CIO of Google who has a PHD in cognitive science from Princeton. His first chapter was interesting but thats it. Everything said in the whole book could have been written in a three page article. ( )
  travelster | May 29, 2010 |
A quick read. Briefly covers limitations of mind and personality, and then he goes over different things he has learned through his experience to become better organized. I enjoyed how he broke things down in to quick snippets that you can copy and rewrite to meet your own needs. Not ground breaking, but a good starting point to look at your own life and make decisions regarding your best method of organizing your work and life. ( )
  wvlibrarydude | May 16, 2010 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0385528175, Hardcover)

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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Douglas C. Merrill, an organization dynamo and former Google CIO, reveals how listeners can utilize modern technology to better manage their time. From multitasking to being on time, Merrill's tips, which helped build the Google empire, will allow listeners to not only better their own lives, but help reshape and modernize the world.… (more)

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