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Getting Organized in the Google Era

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Getting Organized in the Google Era

How to Get Stuff out of Your Head, Find It When You Need It, and Get It Done Right
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Whether it's a faulty memory, a tendency to multitask, or difficulty managing our time, every one of us has limitations conspiring to keep us from being organized. But, as organizational guru and former Google CIO Douglas C. Merrill points out, it isn't our fault. Our brains simply aren't designed to deal with the pressures and competing demands on our attention in today's fast-paced, information-saturated, digital world. What's more, he says, many of the ways in which our society is structured are outdated, imposing additional chaos that makes us feel stressed, scattered, and disorganized.

But it doesn't have to be this way. Luckily, we have a myriad of amazing new digital tools and technologies at our fingertips to help us manage the strains on our brains and on our lives; the trick is knowing when and how to use them. This is why Merrill, who helped spearhead Google's effort to "organize the world's information," offers a wealth of tips and strategies for how to use these new tools to become more organized, efficient, and successful than ever.

But if you're looking for traditional, rigid, one-size-fits-all strategies for organization, this isn't the book for you. Instead, Merrill draws on his intimate knowledge of how the brain works to help us develop fresh, innovative, and flexible systems of organization tailored to our individual goals, constraints, and lifestyles.

From how to harness the amazing power of search, to how to get the most out of cloud computing, to techniques for filtering through the enormous avalanche of information that assaults us at every turn, to tips for minimizing distractions and better integrating work and life, Getting Organized in the Google Era is chock-full of practical, invaluable, and often counterintuitive advice for anyone who wants to be more organized and productive--and less stressed--in our 21st-century world.


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Whether it's a faulty memory, a tendency to multitask, or difficulty managing our time, every one of us has limitations conspiring to keep us from being organized. But, as organizational guru and former Google CIO Douglas C. Merrill points out, it isn't our fault. Our brains simply aren't designed to deal with the pressures and competing demands on our attention in today's fast-paced, information-saturated, digital world. What's more, he says, many of the ways in which our society is structured are outdated, imposing additional chaos that makes us feel stressed, scattered, and disorganized.

But it doesn't have to be this way. Luckily, we have a myriad of amazing new digital tools and technologies at our fingertips to help us manage the strains on our brains and on our lives; the trick is knowing when and how to use them. This is why Merrill, who helped spearhead Google's effort to "organize the world's information," offers a wealth of tips and strategies for how to use these new tools to become more organized, efficient, and successful than ever.

But if you're looking for traditional, rigid, one-size-fits-all strategies for organization, this isn't the book for you. Instead, Merrill draws on his intimate knowledge of how the brain works to help us develop fresh, innovative, and flexible systems of organization tailored to our individual goals, constraints, and lifestyles.

From how to harness the amazing power of search, to how to get the most out of cloud computing, to techniques for filtering through the enormous avalanche of information that assaults us at every turn, to tips for minimizing distractions and better integrating work and life, Getting Organized in the Google Era is chock-full of practical, invaluable, and often counterintuitive advice for anyone who wants to be more organized and productive--and less stressed--in our 21st-century world.


From the Hardcover edition.

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    Chapter 6
    Paris, France, or Paris, Vegas? How to Master the Art of Search

    In this chapter:
    Crawling the Web
    Getting the Most Relevant Search Results
    Your Search Engine Is Also a Calculator
    The Small Stuff
    Searching Your Computer

    More than any other technology or innovation, search makes it possible for us to survive and thrive in the information age. Like oxygen, which changes everything it touches, the ability to quickly search computer files, e-mails, calendar entries, databases, and the Web has changed how we store information, how we retrieve it, how we use it. In other words, search has set us free from the clutter of our imperfect minds.

    Thanks to search, you no longer have to neatly organize all your information the way you used to, with a place for everything and everything in its place. It's as if you no longer have to hang up all your clothes. Instead, you can just toss them into an ever-growing pile, and when you want to wear your favorite Nine Inch Nails T-shirt, just ask for it, and it will magically surface to the top of the heap. How freeing.

    Over the past ten to fifteen years, computer-assisted search has become an integral part of our lives. It's evolved from something only academics and scientists could do on their monster computers into something most of us perform instinctively, multiple times daily. We breathe, we blink, we eat, we sleep, we Google.

    As a result, most of us haven't paid much attention to search. In fact, by now we've pretty much taken it for granted. But search is actually a skill, one that's essential to the new organization. The savvier you become at search, the better you can filter out what's not important and focus on what is. The ability to perform quick, targeted searches helps you find the information you need faster. And you don't have to expend mental capacity trying to anticipate where to look for a piece of information or trying to figure out where the heck to put it. You just search for what you want, and voilá.

    So let's work on mastering search. In this chapter, I'll share some strategies and tips for getting the best results to your queries. My focus here is on Google because the majority of people use it.[i] And despite its many competitors, I believe Google, with its streamlined search interface and sophisticated algorithms for delivering the most relevant results, continues to offer the best search engine. (Okay, it doesn't hurt that I used to work there either.) For ideas about other search engines, see the "Stuff We Love" appendix. That's where you'll find a brief guide to the tools and services I'll talk about in Part II, along with suggestions for alternatives.

    Crawling the Web
    Google and most search engines use automated software agents called crawlers, also known as spiders or robots. Crawlers visit Web sites frequently, reading and capturing most of a page's text as well as following links to other pages within the site.
    The information about a site the crawler collects is added to the search engine's index of Web pages. The index is like a library's card catalog--except the catalog is constantly revised and includes a card not just for every book but for every chapter of every book and every article in every periodical in every library in the world.

    When you perform a query, the search engine rapidly analyzes the information in its index to find matches. The results of your search are listed in order of relevance, with the most relevant pages listed first. (I'm talking, of course, about organic search results, not the paid results, that is, advertisements, you see at the very...

About the Author-
  • DOUGLAS C. MERRILL, most recently the President of Digital and the COO of New Music for EMI Recorded Music, was the chief information officer at Google until April 2008. Previously, he was a senior vice president at Charles Schwab and Co. and an information scientist at the RAND Corporation. He has a Ph.D in Cognitive Science from Princeton University.

    JAMES A MARTIN is a PC World technology blogger, whose articles have appeared in many publications and on web sites including Washingtonpost.com.

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  • AudioFile Magazine A former Google executive reads a timely guide to managing information and life in the Internet age. His muted "gee-whiz!" tone and gratuitous personal sharing make Merrill seem innocent and difficult to take seriously. But the advice is quite serious as he and his co-author describe a range of productivity software offered by Google and others, and offer interesting views on staying in control, our brain's limitations, calendar management, and work-life balance. He talks about which software programs are most useful and why, and offers thoughtful advice on browsers, cloud computing, and social media. The detailed software navigation instructions are not easy to access and implement on audio. But the general advice on making life more humane and productive is accessible and technologically up-to-date. T.W. (c) AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine

  • -Quentin Hardy, Forbes Magazine.
    "Douglas Merrill has worked a near-miracle: In short, simple steps, he shows how to become powerful and confident in a world of too much info and too little time. This isn't just the book I wished I'd written, it's the book I need to give to people I care about."
  • Practices of Business Today. This book has been a terrific resource for a messy-desked, attention-challenged thinker of random thoughts like me! Thanks to Douglas Merrill, I now use digital tools to find almost everything and my transition from paper to digital is no longer awkward. This is a marvelous book, with tremendous ideas on every page.
    -Susan Scott, NY Times bestselling author of Fierce Conversations, Achieving Success at Work & in Life -- One Conversation at a Time, and Fierce Leadership, A Bold Alternative to the Worst "Best"

  • - Dave Girouard, President of Enterprise Group, Google, Inc.
    "Perhaps only Douglas Merrill could take us from Frederick Winslow Taylor to cloud computing to getting organized in one helpful read. This is the book to help you stay ahead of your own avalanche of information so that it's always accessible and useful to you."
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