The Organized Mind – Daniel Levitin Book Summary

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The Organized Mind – Daniel Levitin

For every minute spent organizing, an hour is earned

Conquer Information Overload

In the information age, there are lots of data to consume and simultaneously we have to make more decisions quicker than ever. To survive this information overload – 

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Be more aware of what you consume. Don’t keep what you can’t use.

Create and use your own organization system where you store all valuable information and label them. Remember ‘A mislabeled item or misplaced location is worse than an unlabeled item.’

Organize in all areas and facets of your life.

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The most fundamental principle of organised mind, the most critical to keeping us from forgetting or losing things, is to shift the burden of organizing from our brains to the external world.

Quit Multitasking – Time for Deep Work

Multitasking is – “the ultimate empty-caloried brain candy.”

According to Levitin – “When people think they’re multitasking, they’re actually just switching from one task to another very rapidly. And every time they do, there’s a cognitive cost in doing so.”

  • No distraction when you are in “Focused Work Mode”
  • Limit the interruptions.

Rest More – Work Less

In our chronically sleep-deprived society, sleep deficit is a performance killer. Studies have found that productivity goes up when the number of hours per week of work goes down, strongly suggesting that adequate leisure and refueling time pays off for employers and for workers. 

A ten-minute nap can be equivalent to an extra hour and a half of sleep at night.

A calm, well-rested mind is a fruitful mind. Don’t overlook sleep, rest, and vacation as stress busters.

People who organize their time in a way that allows them to focus are not only going to get more done, but they’ll be less tired and less neurochemically depleted after doing it.

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