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Getting organized, Google style




Former Google CIO Doug Merrill says, quit cooking, emailing, listening to the radio, watching TV and reading a magazine at once--and focus on one task at a time.
Former Google CIO Doug Merrill says, quit cooking, emailing, listening to the radio, watching TV and reading a magazine at once--and focus on one task at a time.
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No one is capable of multitasking. You might expect to hear such an admonition from your grandmother, but from a Google exec? That’s exactly the message former Chief Information Officer and cognitive scientist Douglas Merrill imparts in his book Getting Organized in the Google Era. What’s the most efficient and effective way to manage information? Sit back, relax and see if you catch Merrill’s cloud as you drive, drink coffee and hold a phone conversation at the same time.

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Douglas Merrill, co-author, 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 (Broadway Books). He is the former Chief Information Officer of Google