The Organized Mind Book Summary

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The Organized Mind will show you how to adapt your mind to our modern information culture so  you can work efficiently without feeling exhausted.

The Organized Mind

Thirty years in the past, journey brokers made our reservations, clerks helped us discover what we’re searching for in shops, and typists helped us with writing and correspondence. At present, we’re doing ourselves the roles as soon as delegated to 10 totally different specialists whereas additionally making an attempt to maintain up with our non-public lives. Now the typical grocery store shares 40,000 gadgets, whereas we solely want 150 to fulfill 80% of our wants. So each time we do groceries we have now to disregard no less than 39,850 gadgets and wrestle to seek out those we would like. Within the meantime, 1000’s of phrases, photos, and movies are uploaded and look ahead to us on the Web. How can we sustain with a lot data and complexity? In The Organized Thoughts: Pondering Straight within the Age of Info Overload, cognitive psychologist and neuroscientist Daniel J. Levitin suggests you hand over. Surrender getting as a lot data as you possibly can and take a Zen method as a substitute! Slowing down and specializing in what actually issues, one factor at a time, are the keys to deal with right now’s pace. Listed below are three classes in regards to the thoughts from this e-book: Let’s see how one can construct what the creator calls “an organized thoughts that leads you effortlessly to good decision-making”!


Lesson 1

Our brains can do one thing at a time and find it hard to handle the present overload of information

Our genes haven’t modified a lot from once we have been hunter-gatherers. Again then we would have liked deep focus simply to outlive. The human mind advanced to concentrate on just a few inputs at a time. We will solely deal with an important info in that exact second. This implies we concentrate on the issues that, for our ancestors, would make the distinction between catching and being caught. We additionally developed the flexibility to note modifications round us, like issues that change or all of the sudden transfer, are prone to seize our consideration. That is very helpful to assist us not get hit by flying objects or to flee automotive accidents however makes it laborious to reside in a world that modifications so quick. In truth, consideration prices vitality and is a restricted useful resource. Furthermore, immediately we’re bombarded with info, which forces us to make steady selections. What ought to I eat? What to put on? The place ought to I spend my weekend? For every query there’s a world of potentialities, all coming with numerous information to investigate. The issue is the mind consumes vitality to take choices, even when they’re small ones with no actual affect on our lives. Moreover, making selections is time-consuming and distract us from what’s actually necessary. It prevents us from being current and do our greatest within the right here and now


Lesson 2

Organize your environment the way your mind likes it and you’ll avoid fatigue

To make it simpler in your thoughts, arrange your own home and workplace to finest fit your mind’s strategy. If you wish to simplify your life, designate a spot for each object and put it again instead after utilizing it – Marie-Kondo type. Our mind is superb at storing areas. It has a devoted space for that, which we will even practice. Its identify is the hippocampus. Our thoughts likes classes, too. Levitin recommends grouping objects in response to their look or operate. For instance, you’ll be able to select a spot for all of your pencils based mostly on their gross look or you’ll be able to have an area for gray pencils and one other for coloured ones, or wonderful look. You might also divide objects in accordance with what they’re used for. For instance, you would possibly put forks, glasses, and dishes collectively. There might be gadgets that don’t slot in any class or are too few to deserve their very own house. Put them in a junk drawer. Consider it as one other class and test what’s in it infrequently. Bear in mind the mind has a particular alert that activates each time one thing adjustments round you. Hold your house the identical so long as you’ll be able to and your thoughts might be more energizing.


Lesson 3

Organizing your work means decluttering your mind and focusing on one thing at a time

So how can we address right this moment’s overload of data, particularly when working? In accordance with the writer, “essentially the most basic precept of the organized thoughts is to shift the burden of organizing from our brains to the exterior world.” So write down your concepts on paper or digital gadgets and schedule your duties. By no means hold them in your thoughts! The mind can retailer data however isn’t good at retrieving it. Once we attempt to bear in mind, data typically comes out distorted and we don’t even notice it. However most of all, we don’t need to tire out our mind loading it with knowledge that we could put elsewhere, will we? Levitin additionally suggests you dedicate time to duties and selections solely as a lot as they’re value. Analyze them every and select the next move: drop it, do it, delegate it or defer it. And at all times use the 2-minute rule: if one thing will be completed in lower than a few minutes, do it straight away.To work effectively, it’s important to do one factor at a time, avoiding distractions and interruptions. Multitasking doesn’t even exist. If you suppose you’re multitasking, you’re really switching in a short time from one job to a different, with fatigue and lack of time. Even in the event you don’t notice, you might be being much less productive and ultimately, you’ll additionally really feel extra drained.

The Organized Mind

The Organized Mind by Daniel Levitin

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