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The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload | [Daniel J. Levitin]

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

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.
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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.

©2014 Daniel J. Levitan (P)2014 Penguin Audio

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    Oliver Copenhagen 09-16-14
    Oliver Copenhagen 09-16-14

    I teach WordPress web design online, focusing on the *design* part - and fun:) I love learning new concepts, hence all these audiobooks;)

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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.

    32 of 33 people found this review helpful
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    Renato Delatorre PALISADES PARK, NJ, US 12-17-14
    Renato Delatorre PALISADES PARK, NJ, US 12-17-14 Member Since 2013
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    "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.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Brady Reed 01-31-15
    Brady Reed 01-31-15 Member Since 2013
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    "An intelligence journey"

    Simply put, I just feel smarter after listening to this book. The range is vast and most topics I found interesting to fascinating.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly 05-18-15
    Kimberly 05-18-15
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    "Overkill"

    The title should have been "the statistical mind", "whole lota theories" or "how to beat a dead horse for 10 chapters".
    The narrator was awesome, but the content was 10 chapters of overkill. If you must read the first two chapters and stop.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    T. Plunk 04-11-15
    T. Plunk 04-11-15 Member Since 2013
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    "A great book on how you mind & how to be organized"
    What did you love best about The Organized Mind?

    The book explains how you mind tricks you and what you need to do to be organized. With this information I've been able to more effectively use organizational systems I was already familiar with and adapt them to my own traits.


    What other book might you compare The Organized Mind to and why?

    The closest book I've read was "Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills", but this focuses more on the effect of some of the same issues with thinking on science.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the author talks about how highly organized people organize their mail.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from The Organized Mind?

    I have been able to organize my email more effectively using the principles in this book.


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend anyone who's job revolves around email to read this book and most others.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Anthony Summers 07-28-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book!"

    Great listen! I would recommend this book to anyone. This will be a book that I listen to again.

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    Ben 06-04-15
    Ben 06-04-15 Member Since 2015
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    "very informative and thought provoking"

    While I don't agree with this books perspective of evolution, it was a very good and thought provoking piece of literature. I plan to revisit and take notes in some areas of organization and the many tips of offered on various subjects.

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    "Building an organizational epistemic"

    We tend to do the things we know, guided by ideology we don't. This book is about understanding how our innate organizational systems developed, why some succeed, and how specific decision making processes apply to organizing home, health, time, business, and more.


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    John 04-20-15
    John 04-20-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Highly recommend"

    Good listen, really got me into shape organizationally. Can't wait to see how this read will affect my next 10 years!

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    Doris Serheev Piscataway, NJ USA 04-08-15
    Doris Serheev Piscataway, NJ USA 04-08-15 Member Since 2013

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    "Surprisingly practical"

    Exhaustive peon to methods of organizing both at home and in the work place with tips...."a place for everything and everything in its place". Also diverges into opinion on discipline and achievement, expertise and a bit of a slam against Wikipedia.

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