The barrage of emails, voicemail, web pages to scan, books to read, and magazines and newsletters to digest leave people increasingly feeling overwhelmed and out of control in dealing with information overload as society spins even faster. This book offers a brief, seven-chapter practical guide to the "capture" approach. It teaches the skills of point, focus, and shoot to help the reader become more productive and overcome mental fatigue. This is not a gimmick for "neat desk" people or an expensive system requiring purchase of multiple resources or practice of rigid exercises. This practical, quick-read book shows how people of any temperament can keep from drowning in the sea of information. Features include interviews and insights from national leaders plus charts, cartoons, worksheets, and creative exercises. The book is not about how to speed up but how to gain time and focus and purpose and the mental space to be creative. You don't have to finish the book but can read it selectively at different times depending on your current needs. Feel free to skim-read, tear out pages, email small sections to a friend, or read from back to front. The goal is that you come away with ideas and help. The four sections are: 1. Finding the information you need: and getting results from it. 2. Clearing information clutter: less is more. 3. Creating space to think: finding oasis amid overload. 4. Discovering bonus stuff: it doesn't cost you anything extra. This clear, practical guide will help you to: -Sort and organize information in less time -Make space to be creative -Find just the information you need when you need it -Move from frantic to purposeful -Keep growing over a lifetime.
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
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