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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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 3/16/2010
  • Publisher: Crown Business

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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 What's more, he says, many of the ways in which our society is structured are outdated, imposing additional chaos that makes us feel stressed, scattered, and disorganized.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 spearheaded 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.

Author Biography

DOUGLAS C. MERRILL, most recently the President of Digital and the COO of New Music for EMI Recorded Music, was the chief information officer at Google until April 2008.  Previously, he 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.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
a panoramic view of you
Cocktail Parties & Cap'n Crunchp. 3
A Journey Inside Your Brain
Summer Vacations, Suburbia & Factory Shiftsp. 21
Overcoming Organizational Challenges in a Disorganized World
Racecars, Basketball Shorts & Operap. 41
Owning Up to Our Personal Constraints
Climb That Mountain or Chill in the Barcalounger?p. 55
The Importance of Having Clear Goals
the new organization—and how to achieve it
Beyond Taylorism & Trapper Keepersp. 71
Why Search Matters
Paris, France, or Paris, Vegas?p. 79
How to Master the Art of Search
Colored Markers & Filtersp. 93
Making Information Stick
Day-Timer or Digital?p. 109
When, and When Not, to Go Paperless
Beyond Send & Receivep. 132
Turning Your E-mails into a Searchable History That's All About You
Thanks for Sharingp. 154
Why You Should Keep Your Calendar in the Cloud
A Browser, an Operating System & Some Cool Stickersp. 163
Organizing Your Documents and Web Content
overcoming challenges, big and small
Avoiding Brain Strainp. 179
Strategies for Minimizing Distractions and Staying Focused Throughout the Workday
Checking E-mail from the Beachp. 191
How to Integrate Work and Life
Dealing with the Unexpectedp. 203
Putting It All Togetherp. 213
Epiloguep. 217
Dude! Just Turn Off Your Brain and Ski
Stuff We Lovep. 221
Appendix: Song Attributionsp. 239
Acknowledgmentsp. 245
Endnotesp. 247
Indexp. 249
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