This concise, quick-read book is not a gimmick for a neat desk or an expensive system. It does not teach how to speed up, but how to gain time, focus, purpose, and the mental space to be creative. With insights from national leaders, as well as charts, cartoons, worksheets, and creative exercises, the book shows people of any temperament how to keep from drowning in a sea of information. The book can be skimmed or read selectively depending on current needs.
Format: Paperback Number of Pages: 192 Vendor: Zondervan Publication Date: 2004 Dimensions: 8 X 5.31 (inches)
'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.
Kevin A. Miller is vice president of resources for CTI, a print and internet publisher in the Chicago area. He is editor-at-large of Leadership Journal and author Secrets of Staying Power and More Than You And Me.
One of the great things about Surviving Information Overload is that Kevin Miller gives you permission not to read the whole thing up front. No guilt trips here. Another great thing about it is that he's packed it with so much helpful information that you may want to read it all.
As the vice-president of resources for Christianity Today International, editor-at-large of Leadership journal, executive editor for PreachingToday.com, and a writer, Miller understands the problems related to information overload.
He divides the book into sections on finding helpful information, ridding yourself of informative clutter, and providing yourself time to actually think. He breaks each section into chapters and loads those chapters with practical, usable ideas, such as how to use Outlook Express to highlight e-mails from the important people in your life, choosing the five or fewer key information areas that you really need to keep up on, and how to determine which information sources are most helpful to you.
In the third section he deals with some of the more philosophical issues and solutions. He discusses the perceived relationship between power and information. He suggests trying block days away from the office to get work done and info-tech sabbaths.
With personal illustrations, quotations, and anecdotes by others, Miller writes in a practical, yet humorous, way. This is not a boring, stuffy tome but moves along quickly. He includes cartoons, an index, a chapter devoted to preachers, and a chapter sharing the resources he found most helpful. Each chapter ends with applicable quotations and steps to incorporate some of the principles from the chapter.
Though aimed at those who work with information, the book will help almost anyone from CEOs to housewives to students. It would make a great gift for non-Christians as well as Christians. --Debbie W. Wilson, Christian Book Previews.com
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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