The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload

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Penguin, Aug 19, 2014 - Psychology - 528 pages
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New York Times bestselling 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 readers 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 twenty-first century with the same neuroscientific perspective.
 

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User Review  - Razinha - LibraryThing

For a book with the objective of reducing information overload, it really overloaded the information. There are some good tidbits early on, but most of the latter two thirds of the book is just about ... Read full review

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User Review  - RhodesDavis - LibraryThing

Much of the valuable productivity literature I've read has been written by professionals with experience in personal or business organizational systems who teach lessons learned from consulting and ... Read full review

Contents

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
TOO MUCH INFORMATION TOO MANY DECISIONS
THE FIRST THINGS TO GET STRAIGHT
ORGANIZING OUR HOMES
ORGANIZING OUR SOCIAL WORLD
ORGANIZING OUR TIME
ORGANIZING INFORMATION FOR THE HARDEST DECISIONS
ORGANIZING THE BUSINESS WORLD
WHAT TO TEACH OUR CHILDREN
EVERYTHING ELSE
NOTES
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
ILLUSTRATION CREDITS
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Daniel J. Levitin, Ph.D., is the New York Times bestselling author of This Is Your Brain on MusicThe World in Six SongsThe Organized Mind, and Weaponized Lies. His work has been translated into 21 languages. An award-winning scientist and teacher, he is Founding Dean of Arts & Humanities at the Minerva Schools at KGI, a Distinguished Faculty Fellow at the Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley, and the James McGill Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Music at McGill University, Montreal, where he also holds appointments in the Program in Behavioural Neuroscience, The School of Computer Science, and the Faculty of Education. Before becoming a neuroscientist, he worked as a session musician, sound engineer, and record producer working with artists such as Stevie Wonder and Blue Oyster Cult. He has published extensively in scientific journals as well as music magazines such as Grammy and Billboard. Recent musical performances include playing guitar and saxophone with Sting, Bobby McFerrin, Rosanne Cash, David Byrne, Cris Williamson, Victor Wooten, and Rodney Crowell.

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