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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.

    25 of 26 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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    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.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Aidan Webb 02-24-15
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    "Fascinating subject..."

    I found the narration to be a bit dry/monotonous. The information in this book is fascinating, but quite steadily academic in nature- I feel that more dynamic narration may have added balance to the writing.

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    adrian 02-19-15
    adrian 02-19-15 Member Since 2014
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    very interesting a bit long but enjoyable. worth the time listening many times over .....

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    Sean Crawford Seattle, WA 02-12-15
    Sean Crawford Seattle, WA 02-12-15 Member Since 2011
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    "A masterful work"

    If we can spread these ideas, the world will be a much nicer place. The author did an amazing job of weaving together many different subjects, to paint an optimistic picture of the potential we each have.

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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    W. Hogan Austin, TX 10-10-14
    W. Hogan Austin, TX 10-10-14 Member Since 2013
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    "A lot of tangential nonsense"
    What would have made The Organized Mind better?

    More relevant useful information


    What could Daniel J. Levitin have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Left out the barely relevant nonsense. Who cares about the Sumerians?


    Any additional comments?

    This book is light on substance, long on rag time. He goes on and on about how we evolved, and the Sumerians and Ace hardware. Little of any use. I am surprised his editor let him get away with it.

    4 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    "blah blah Blah"
    What disappointed you about The Organized Mind?

    Endless examples of worthless tips. Like How to Organize your sock drawer.


    What was most disappointing about Daniel J. Levitin’s story?

    Lacks original or inspiring thought.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Luke Daniels?

    Narration is fine.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I feel dumber after listening.


    Any additional comments?

    Please remove from my library.

    4 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    Karen 09-10-14
    Karen 09-10-14 Member Since 2011
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    Has The Organized Mind turned you off from other books in this genre?

    nothing they said in the 1st chapter about getting organized


    Would you be willing to try another one of Luke Daniels’s performances?

    no really


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment after seeing it on TV


    3 of 24 people found this review helpful
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