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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 Hardcover – March 16, 2010
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Getting Organized in the Google Era breaks new ground…guiding you to solutions that honor your unique personality. Smart, non-judgmental and filled with practical advice.
-Julie Morgenstern, NY Times bestselling author of Organizing from the Inside Out and Never Check Email in the Morning.
“Douglas Merrill has worked a near-miracle: In short, simple steps, he shows how to become powerful and confident in a world of too much info and too little time. This isn’t just the book I wished I’d written, it’s the book I need to give to people I care about.”
-Quentin Hardy, Forbes Magazine.
This book has been a terrific resource for a messy-desked, attention-challenged thinker of random thoughts like me! Thanks to Douglas Merrill, I now use digital tools to find almost everything and my transition from paper to digital is no longer awkward. This is a marvelous book, with tremendous ideas on every page.
-Susan Scott, NY Times bestselling author of Fierce Conversations, Achieving Success at Work & in Life – One Conversation at a Time, and Fierce Leadership, A Bold Alternative to the Worst “Best” Practices of Business Today.
“Perhaps only Douglas Merrill could take us from Frederick Winslow Taylor to cloud computing to getting organized in one helpful read. This is the book to help you stay ahead of your own avalanche of information so that it's always accessible and useful to you.”
- Dave Girouard, President of Enterprise Group, Google, Inc.
About the Author
DOUGLAS C MERRILL is the Founder & CEO of ZestCash - a financial services technology company committed to serving the underbanked - and was previously Chief Information Officer and Vice President of Engineering at Google. Prior to Google, Douglas was a Senior Vice President at Charles Schwab and Co. and an information scientist at the RAND Corporation. He has a Ph.D. in cognitive science from Princeton University.
JAMES A MARTIN is a PC World technology blogger, whose articles have appeared in many publications and on web sites including Washingtonpost.com.
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Top customer reviews
There are lots of organizational tips and ideas included that can improve your life. Well, this book is not for the unorganized. This book is for those that already read David Allen's Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity or anything similar.
This book is written from a very personal view which I do not think is positive or negative. It gives you the viewpoint from a real person and you where the author stands and why he is doing what he does. Included in this book are also lots of excerpts from the author's favorite songs. At first I thought this was a bit strange, but towards the end of the book I started to like it.
I wished that this book would be more about organizing your life in the cloud. It is though more directed to the reader that does not use any or just a few cloud services to get deeper into it.
Overall, this is a good and helpful book. You get a few new ideas and some insights on how your brain works. But it is not mind blowing or revolutionary.
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.