Last night I finished The Organized Mind: Thinking straight in the Age of Information Overload by Daniel J. Levitin. What a powerful and informative read, especially for parents and teachers! Levitin brilliantly weaves the latest in brain research and science with how to organize ourselves, our homes, our workplace, our computers and social networks, our medical diagnoses, etc. in a world where information overwhelms us from every direction. It’s not a how-to book, though there are some practical takeaways. It’s more of a glimpse into how our brain works so that we can harness it in ways that make our lives easier and more rewarding.
This post is not comprehensive, and I am no way affiliated with the book nor its author, but I’ll attempt to capture a few chords that struck me.
Cognitive Overload is Real
Multitasking has a Cost
Knowledge: Useful or Distracting?
Mind-Wandering Mode is where our Brain likes to Be
Memory: It's all in there somewhere
Next up...Organizing our Homes and Social World (including online connectivity)
Levitin, Daniel J. 2014. The organized mind: Thinking straight in the age of information overload. New York, NY: Plume.