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
I teach WordPress web design online, focusing on the *design* part - and fun:) I love learning new concepts, hence all these audiobooks;)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
When the author talks about how highly organized people organize their mail.
I have been able to organize my email more effectively using the principles in this book.
I would recommend anyone who's job revolves around email to read this book and most others.
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.
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.
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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