Summary of The Organized Mind

Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload

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The Organized Mind book summary
Learn to organize your mind, even in this era of continual distraction.


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In today’s “age of information overload” you may find yourself perpetually distracted and mired in multitasking. But you have better options. Daniel J. Levitin explains how to organize your mind, and how to systematize your workplace and your thinking to gain control over your life. He makes wonderful points about the limits of the human mind and how to deal with them. Yet even as Levitin explains the constraints of human attention, he floods readers with details. His advice proves so rich with specifics that it can be overwhelming, but deeply perceptive. getAbstract recommends this lovely, useful text to anyone living in the Information Age.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why organizing your attention and focusing is difficult
  • How to organize your mind, home, life and business
  • What principles govern organizational tools and paradigms


Information and Organization
Throughout history, people have tried to improve their brains so they can do, know, organize and understand more. The invention of writing about 5,000 years ago was a major breakthrough in “neural enhancement.” At first, people used writing for recordkeeping...
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About the Author

Daniel J. Levitin is Dean of Social Sciences at the Minerva Schools at Keck Graduate Institute, a Distinguished Faculty Fellow at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley, and Professor Emeritus of Psychology at McGill University. He wrote the international bestsellers This Is Your Brain on Music, The World in Six Songs, The Organized Mind and A Field Guide to Lies.

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