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Surviving Information Overload: The Clear, Practical Guide to Help You Stay on Top of What You Need to Know Paperback – May 25, 2004

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Another book of information on dealing with too much information? This one is different... For making sense of the overwhelming amount of information that bombards us, this book is a good place to start...One section deals with e-mail, voicemail, finding information online, and filing and storing information. It is worth the price of the book...Those drowning in an information deluge will find that this refreshing, humorous book is chock-full of practical ideas to stay afloat. (Christianity Today)

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"Timely and much-needed . . . offers solid and practical advice and reminds us that the focus of our needs should be related to God’s purposes and plans for our lives. George Gallup Jr. "If you have the time, read this book. If you don't have the time, you really need to read this book. It will give you a precious gift. It will help you say no." John Ortberg, author of Everybody's Normal Till You Get to Know Them

Ever feel overwhelmed by the deluge of email, the frenzy of multitasking, the rush of things you’ve got to know and do? Then you don’t have time not to read this book—because it will save you time and lower your stress.

You needn’t read all of it—just what you need when you need it. Email killing you? Check out chapter 6. Interruptions ruining your focus? Tap the power of block days—chapter 10. No time for family or friends? Try an "info-techno Sabbath"—chapter 11.

Screen out non-essential information Identify and retain what you really need Turn information into results Deal with information clutter Find your way through the Internet thicket Safeguard and optimize your time Reconnect with loved ones

Surviving Information Overload will bring focus, effectiveness, and sanity to your fast-paced life. Buy it—because you’ll use it. It’s a small investment, and the returns start immediately.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (May 25, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031025115X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310251156
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.6 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,999,519 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Steve May on June 4, 2004
Format: Paperback
This is a great book, though the title is an understatement. More than surviving information overload, it's about conquering information overload--learning how to use information to maximize your life without becoming a slave to technology. Kevin Miller has a technique for just about everything, from managing email to surfing the internet (he shows you which search engine to use for what purpose) to organizing your office to prioritizing your day...and, subsequently, your life. I found the second chapter, "Selecting Your Key Information Areas" most helpful; through a simple five question survey I was able to define and refine my list of professional and personal priorities--and I was able to pinpoint which areas need pruning. Also helpful is chapter four, "How To Turn Information Into Results," which shows how to put information to work by focusing on action steps related to each meeting and each project. Though there are hundreds of tips and practical pointers in this book, "Surviving Information Overload" is a quick and easy read. What's more, Kevin's foreword gives you permission to skip some sections and skim others. "You don't have to finish this book. Read only as much as you find helpful," he says. Actually, being able to skip and skim is a sign you're getting the hang of Miller's method--there's no point in trying to sort information you have no use for. For me, however, I read the whole thing.
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This is the best productivity book I've read. I have been recommending this book to everyone I know, including my staff. I don't think there is a person who would not benefit from some portion of the book. The book is extremely well organized, with practical, actionable advice, and it's a quick read. The author identifies the potential beneficiaries of each chapter up front, making it easy for the reader to decide whether the chapter would help him or her. I've already implemented many guilt-free changes, such as ceasing to read materials whose content I'm already familiar with, unsubscribing from email lists, delegating more tasks since I cannot possibly be an expert in everything. Even though much of the advice may be common sense (though the book does contain various levels of detail in dealing with TMI), somehow reading the book gives you the authority to do the things you knew you ought to be doing anyway. One of my favorite gems is his advice to divide the stacks of reading materials you're hoarding into three piles: one you really do need/wish to read, one you'll read when you get through the first pile, and one you you don't need to read at all. Then he directs you to toss the third pile, and while you're at it, toss the second pile because, let's face it, you're never going to get through the first one. Honesty like that makes the book very refreshing.
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I am not by nature a person who likes to organize information and papers and processes, but I have to do it in order to be productive. This book makes it painless for the organizationally challenged. Kevin obviously knows his stuff and likes to be simple in his advice. Anyone who is either an organizational fanatic or a helpless "where did I put that?" will enjoy and benefit from this book.
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"Surviving Information Overload" by Kevin A. Miller has a subtitle of, "The Clear, Practical guide to help you stay on top of what you need to know." I found the book full of practical advice to do just that. I also agree with the statement on the back, "You don't need to read all of it - just what you need when you need it." However, you may want to read it all the way through quickly like I did, and then refer back to sections that might help you with certain areas in your own life and situations.

One might note that on the back of the book for classification purposes, it is listed as: Christian Living/Practical Life/Business & Leadership. I bring this up because there is a bit of Miller's Christian beliefs in the book. Some people will like this, others may not. Most of the book focuses on practical information overload issues with a little Christian faith here and there. However, the final chapter short chapter is specifically aimed at church leaders and the book ends with a short prayer by Richard Kriegbaum from "Leadership Prayers." For some, this will make the book better, for others, they might not like it. Some won't care and will read the book for the information overload advice, which is what the book is mostly about.

Again, the author suggests reading the parts of the book that you need to read and that will help you. To assist in this, at the beginning of each chapter he tells who the chapter is most meant for. For example, at the beginning of the chapter "How To Find What You Need Online" it states, "Read this chapter if you search the web two or more times per week and if you get many results that aren't what you're looking for." These suggestions will help the busy reader choose which sections of the book to read for the most benefit.
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By A Customer on July 13, 2004
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Working in a publishing company, the author, Kevin Miller surely knows about information overload. And his book proves he has figured out how to cope with it. What to save,skip, read or file are constant challenges in my small business world. This book gives me a framework and great tips. Practical stuff. Worth picking up--and saving!
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