New York Times bestselling author and neuroscientist Daniel J. Levitin shifts his keen insights from your brain on music to your brain in a sea of details.
The information age is drowning us with an unprecedented deluge of data. At the same time, we’re expected to make more—and faster—decisions about our lives than ever before. No wonder, then, that the average American reports frequently losing car keys or reading glasses, missing appointments, and feeling worn out by the effort required just to keep up.
But somehow some people become quite accomplished at managing information flow. In The Organized Mind, Daniel J. Levitin, PhD, uses the latest brain science to demonstrate how those people excel—and how readers can use their methods to regain a sense of mastery over the way they organize their homes, workplaces, and time.
With lively, entertaining chapters on everything from the kitchen junk drawer to health care to executive office workflow, Levitin reveals how new research into the cognitive neuroscience of attention and memory can be applied to the challenges of our daily lives. This Is Your Brain on Music showed how to better play and appreciate music through an understanding of how the brain works. The Organized Mind shows how to navigate the churning flood of information in the twenty-first century with the same neuroscientific perspective.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Can this book help you find your keys? Even better—it can help you remember where you put them in the first place. Neuroscientist Daniel J. Levitin, author of the fascinating This Is Your Brain on Music, argues that multitasking leaves us exhausted and frazzled because our brains weren’t designed to handle a barrage of information. The good news: Thanks to Levitin’s in-depth, data-driven understanding of how our brains evolved, The Organized Mind is a treasure trove of proven and effective systems you can use to thrive, mentally and emotionally. Like “outsourcing,” a method for categorizing new information so you can easily recall it later, or “externalizing,” strengthening your grasp of a task or idea by physically writing it down. Narrator Luke Daniels comes across as a patient, enthused college professor, delivering the information clearly but at a nice, quick pace that kept us from zoning out. But as we learned from Levitin’s book, daydreaming is good for the brain, so feel free to hit pause mid-chapter to let your mind wander!
The book of tangents
As a voracious reader of complex literature/ideas, this book was just a mess. The author went on so many random tangents and rarely tied them back to his original ideas. I was able to glean a few good ideas, but by and large, it was boring and tiresome. I’m eager to assume that perhaps it was above my level of comprehension-and it may have been. However, as far as I can tell, it was dry and boring.