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on January 28, 2014
I first came across this as a sound recording in my local library. It had so much helpful information, I had to have my own copy. It's great for a not-so-organized one to help sort out information.
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on March 23, 2010
You don't have to be a sophisticated user of the internet to understand and start using the many tips Mr. Merrill offers in his book. I've already made quick changes based on his advice to become better organized at home and at work. And my desk is less cluttered as a result!

Many self help/how to books offer little more than common sense. This book is different. I've already emailed friends and family about some of the tricks I learned (how to use Google to check flight status without going to the airline's website, how to organize and filter emails, etc.).

If you don't have a lot of time but want to use the latest technology to become better organized, I highly recommend this book.
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on November 29, 2014
While reading this book, I was thinking.....I'd like the author's playlist. He included a partial one at the end. Informative info from someone in the know.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This is a very interesting and practical book. I have recommended this to several friends. The beginning chapters about how the brain works (or doesn't) help figure out how to think in the computer age. The specific information has made finding and organizing on the computer so much easier. I have started with using the Search feature much more. I really don't have to remember where stuff is stored. Lots of great information about various programs also. It is current and therefore not obsolete. It is a good book to review frequently and start using even more suggestions.
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on April 25, 2010
This review pertains to the audio copy of the book. Douglas Merrill should follow his own advice and have a professional book reader create the audio version. Merrill's fast, clipped speech makes for painful listening. Add to that all the music quotes. Both the quotes and the clipped speech detract from the content of the book. That said, the content was good enough that I will purchase a hard copy of the text.

The best part of the book for me was the discussion on work-life "integration" as opposed to "balance." I've been intergrating work and life for years and have wondered what "balanced" would mean. Turns out the balance doesn't exist for me.
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on September 22, 2013
Book is well written and provides a wealth of information on organization skills that are practical and easily applied. His method of telling the book story, with his personal history a backdrop is entertaining and insightful. You feel you know the author very well as he repeats his story.
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on May 23, 2010
The website [...] is worth the book price alone. The latter part of the book gives all the good information, but without the beginning, it might have just been a very useful list nowhere to be found, instead of a book I picked up at B&N. I'm grateful.
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on August 1, 2010
"Getting Organized in the Google Era" was a game changer for me. I have been a business owner for 30 years and have "test drove" and struggled with numerous time management and organizational strategies.

Maybe it was Douglass Merrill's assertion on page 193 that I related to so strongly, and convinced me he truly had something valuable to offer. Douglass wrote, "To put it succinctly, we don't (achieve a work-life balance), because in today's white-collar world, a "work-life balance" is a mirage. The former Chief Information Officer of Google skillfully provides the reader with the recommended tools, and tips & techniques to live a more satisfying life in the Google era. 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 I strongly endorse this book.

Kinya Pollard, President
(Barbara Pollard's account)
WIL-CAL Lighting Management Company, Inc.
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on August 3, 2010
GETTING ORGANIZED IN THE GOOGLE ERA should be required reading for anyone trying to 'pull it all together', if they use a computer for daily home use, have an active life or business to monitor. Not only does it open new avenues of utilizing the tools already at hand, but thrusts one into new heights of the potential of the digital world. I did not realize how much I was missing or under-utilizing my tools until Merrill showed the potential at hand. Just about every tool he describes will be of major help to me!
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on February 23, 2013
This is one of the best books I ever read. Not only in getting me understand what is going on organzing work-life hours but also getting to know what people with disabilities are able to do. I high competitive world. Read this you will enjoy.
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