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Get Organized: How to Clean Up Your Messy Digital Life [Kindle Edition with Audio/Video]

Jill E Duffy , Dan Costa
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Book Description

Cutting out clutter might be the best thing you’ve ever done, not just in your closet, but also on your computer, smartphone, email, and online accounts.

Get Organized: How to Clean Up Your Messy Digital Life is a how-to guide for reimagining your digital life and getting it to a happier and more productive place.

Author and software expert Jill Duffy shows you the apps, websites, and other freely available tools you'll need to put your life back in order. You'll learn how to:

  • Organize a computer so you can find what you need when you need it.
  • Streamline your email to clear out your inbox for good.
  • Protect your most important data with powerful passwords and simple backup solutions.
  • Clean up your photos, music, and social media accounts—and keep them that way.
  • Manage your finances and your online presence
  • Prepare for digital afterlife.
...And much more!


Is your PC’s desktop as cluttered as your physical desktop? Are your media files mixed up and unintelligibly named? Are you not sure if your smartphone, password scheme, or backup system is as effective as it could be? Or is your email inbox in a constant state of disarray?

Then Jill Duffy wrote this book for you.

"The 'Get Organized' mission is to help people feel more in control of their digital lives through small and achievable steps," says Duffy. "A lot of the guidance in the book is about helping people take action, particularly in areas where they feel overwhelmed and inundated. My whole philosophy is about breaking down big problems into smaller parts that anyone can understand, even if they don't have a lot of experience with technology."

Based on PCMag’s popular weekly "Get Organized" column by Jill Duffy, this ebook is loaded with advice and tutorials on how to better manage email and social media, how to process and sort digital photos and music, how to best use the cloud, and, most of all, how to create an organized digital life that you can sustain. Across 15 chapters and half a dozen exclusive videos, Duffy addresses every aspect of your personal and professional tech organization.

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About the Author

Organization and productivity expert Jill Duffy joined as a software analyst in 2011, and she launched her weekly “Get Organized” column the following year. Her work has also appeared in numerous newspapers, magazines, and websites in addition to, including Popular Science, The San Francisco Examiner, Game Developer magazine,, and Duffy’s fast-growing reputation for her expertise in digital organization and productivity led her to speak at a TED conference earlier this year on the subject of how to better manage email.

About the Publisher is a trusted online brand for buyers of computer and consumer electronic products. PCMag is well known for its PC Labs, the largest and oldest in the industry with over 30 year’s heritage. The PC Labs produce over 2,200 reviews each year, all designed to guide tech buyers as they go “in-market” for new products. Alongside product reviews, our content includes—tech news, buying guides, market-leading opinion, proprietary downloads, special features, and much more.

Product Details

  • File Size: 114181 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: PC Mag (October 9, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FN13JP4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,780 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An organized way of life October 9, 2013
By TWall
Format:Kindle Edition with Audio/Video
I always thought I was an organized person. After reading this book, I know better - I just cleaned things once a month.
The analogy the author made was to people with a healthy diet and people that diet. One is a healthy
way of life the other tries and tries to be healthy. I was just trying to be organized, but like most
diets -- as soon as I was organized two weeks later I was off the wagon, struggling until my next "diet".

This book offers straight-forward advice on everything in your life that could need organizing, from the importance
of passwords to digital music and photos. And it is presented in way that is easy to digest and, for a book
about organization, surprisingly fun and easy to read.

I'll be checking out her stories on that everyone is talking about.

Highly recommend the book to everyone, especially those who want to buy it, but can't because they don't know their Amazon password.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The title says it all October 9, 2013
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There is a great scene in Happy Endings in which Eliza Coupe's character is accused of over-organizing and it smash-cuts to a flashback in a Container Store in which Coupe, a customer, is telling the salesman, gently but firmly, how the store could be better organized. It sounds stupid to say but this book is good because it is well organized - at the sentence, paragraph and chapter level - and of course it is. Jill Duffy is a mistress of computer organization, and her many PC Magazine articles on the subject, as well as her TED talk, are just the tip of her cross-sectioned and carefully labeled iceberg, which would not have crashed into the Titanic because that was a mess, and Jill Duffy hates messes without being a perfectionist jerk about it. This book does what it says it does, and is easy to follow. Organizing your digital life will buy you time, and you can use that time for whatever you want, such as writing love letters to Eliza Coupe, mourning the loss of Happy Endings, thinking about why that song from Titanic was so popular, going dancing, falling in love, and writing a five star Amazon review of this excellent book by Jill Duffy.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Useful, quick read. October 9, 2013
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I'm a pretty impatient reader, but adding this book to my Kindle and reading on the subway home from work gave me daily, actionable steps toward organizing myself online-- passwords, email tips, etc. It's great to see Jill's continuation of her PC Mag column in book form, both of which are becoming a handy manual I refer to on a regular basis.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Get Organized was informative, easy to read and most of all practical. The section on password management was particularly useful. What more it was all written with a clever and subtle sense of humor. I would definitely recommend this book.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty much changed my life October 9, 2013
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Get Organized is the opposite of preachy. Right off the bat, Duffy says things like it's okay to make mistakes, and that having an organized lifestyle that's forgiving of errors works best. (Trust me, I needed to hear that before I was to make any changes in my daily routine toward becoming organized! I took that part to heart.) I like the idea that being organized is not about being perfect. It's about having a sustainable system.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Just For The Tech Saavy October 9, 2013
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Nearly all of us have a digital life, whether we like it or not. And like life offline, our online life can quickly become messy, disorganized, and after awhile the clutter is overwhelming. This book is the ideal solution to cleaning up the digital clutter in everyone's lives. Jill Duffy wrote this book not for the jargon-happy or those in the tech-nerd world, but for me, you and everyone you know.

Get Organized is one part philosophy and one part DIY guide, outlining ideas and then giving you tutorials and advice for exactly how to carry out the ideas contained within it. And, it is humorously written to boot.

There's something in there for everyone, from password management to how to best clean up an overflowing inbox. This book is a must-read, even if your only digital life is an email address and Amazon account.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get Organized - Get Happy October 9, 2013
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I heard of Jill Duffy from her column Get Organized series at PCMag. I really liked that Get Organized the book helps the reader set the right approach to organizing their life, and then helps you with practical advice to implement the ideas. It's really about changing your mindset, and having the tools to carry that through. The book is easy to read, in part because it is well written in a non-tech voice and also because parts of it are just funny. It is all things that we can do in our daily life to be more efficient, less stressed and more happy - without any extra gadgets.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars For anyone and everyone living in the digital age October 9, 2013
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I have so many devices now (perhaps too many), and I spend a lot of time on each one. And so much of both my personal and professional lives take place in the digital space. So having a book tell me exactly what I should do to keep things feeling spic-and-span is like having someone help organize my entire life.

The writing is clear, concise, and funny. The embedded video content was really cool, to say the least. And while it's not a Stephen King page-turner, it's definitely worth the time and money. A really enjoyable read that I recommend to anyone with a computer, smartphone, or tablet... so I guess that's most people.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Get your digital house in order with these great ideas!
Great information for getting all things digital in order. I like that you can pick a problem area, find it in the book, and just work on it.
Published 25 days ago by mayreberry
5.0 out of 5 stars very helpful
Great information to gain control over the ever increasing amount of digital information. I feel the author helps put things in perspective and provide tools and suggestions to... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Tim Kepler
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for someone not well versed in cloud technology.
The information in this book would be of use to somebody who outs not very familiar with computers and cloud apps. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Wally Alief
5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful, short enough read...
This is a helpful book. Best part is that it is a short read. Most people who have a "Digital Mess", have gotten there becuase they are b-u-sy.... Read more
Published 4 months ago by L. Heraty
3.0 out of 5 stars helpful but nothing special
Got what I paid for---Free. A few helpful hints, but I hate hiding everything in a few desktop folders, it takes too long to find them. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Gene
4.0 out of 5 stars I needed this
Ms. Duffy writes well. She has experienced and writes well about matters we struggle with on our computers. Material is well presented. Good human factor. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Frank W.
5.0 out of 5 stars I use a computer(Win 7), used Macs, two Kindles, now.
This helps me organize all my digital stuff, and that's a lot. Wish I had all of this in high school and college. Glad I have it all, now, organized.
Published 7 months ago by By Jackie
4.0 out of 5 stars Well done
I tend to keep too much in email and need to do a better job in particular in moving attachments to my documents. Jill's tips on filing will really help. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Skip
5.0 out of 5 stars extremely helpful information presented in easy to read format
I have bookmarked so many pages in this book. Super helpful naming techniques for all of our digital documents. Read more
Published 7 months ago by f
3.0 out of 5 stars Kinda OK
I think the book was good overall and the first chapter was great. However the rest could have been summarized into 10 pages (but I would pay the same price for those 10... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Ben Davis
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More About the Author

Jill Duffy (Jill E. Duffy) is a New York-based writer who specializes in helping average people better understand technology. Her book, Get Organized: How to Clean Up Your Messy Digital Life, aims to give disorganized people and avid procrastinators the small and concrete steps they need to better managing their digital lives.

At, she writes product reviews of software, but also loves testing and writing about gadgets for health and fitness. Her weekly column, also called Get Organized, appears every Monday at

As an extension of her work on the Get Organized series, she spoke at TED@250, a salon-like conference at's headquarters, about how to better and more sanely manage email.

Before joining, she was senior editor at the Association for Computing Machinery. She also spent five years as a writer and managing editor of Game Developer magazine and contributor to In 2006, she was named one of the 100 most influential women in the video game industry.

Her writing has appeared in Popular Science, The San Francisco Examiner,, Intelligent Enterprise magazine, and many other outlets. She keeps a personal blog on the side at

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