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

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Crown Publishing Group, Mar 16, 2010 - Business & Economics - 272 pages
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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 What's more, he says, many of the ways in which our society is structured are outdated, imposing additional chaos that makes us feel stressed, scattered, and disorganized.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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THis is the best most practical book on organizing in the modern world that I have read. I loved it!

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Google is still the best search in my world.

Contents

PREFACE
chapter 1COCKTAIL PARTIES CAPN CRUNCH
chapter 2SUMMER VACATIONS SUBURBIA FACTORY SHIFTS
chapter 3RACECARS BASKETBALL SHORTS OPERA
chapter 4CLIMB THAT MOUNTAIN OR CHILL IN THE BARCALOUNGER?
chapter 5BEYOND TAYLORISM TRAPPER KEEPERS
chapter 6PARIS FRANCE OR PARIS VEGAS?
chapter 7COLORED MARKERS FILTERS
chapter 11A BROWSER AN OPERATING SYSTEM SOME COOL STICKERS
chapter 12AVOIDING BRAIN STRAIN
chapter 13CHECKING EMAIL FROM THE BEACH
chapter 14DEALING WITH THE UNEXPECTED
chapter 15PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER
EpilogueDUDE JUST TURN OFF YOUR BRAIN AND SKI
Stuff We Love
APPENDIXsong attributions

chapter 8DAYTIMER OR DIGITAL?
chapter 9BEYOND SEND RECEIVE
chapter 10THANKS FOR SHARING
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
ENDNOTES
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DOUGLAS C MERRILL is the Founder & CEO of ZestCash - a financial services technology company committed to serving the underbanked - and was previously Chief Information Officer and Vice President of Engineering at Google. Prior to Google, Douglas was a Senior Vice President at Charles Schwab and Co. and an information scientist at the RAND Corporation. He has a Ph.D. in cognitive science from Princeton University.

 

JAMES A MARTIN is a PC World technology blogger, whose articles have appeared in many publications and on web sites including Washingtonpost.com.

 




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