彭蒙惠英语：20110129 MP3在线课程 Stay Afloat in the Sea of Information
Moving Past the Nine-to-Five Workday
In Getting Organized in the Google Era, the authors break down the difficulties of getting organized in today's information-saturated world into three parts. The first focuses on the individual and the hurdles we each must overcome to get to the goals we've set for ourselves. Some of the options discussed by the authors offer an alternative to traditional management philosophy. While not for every workplace, some of the ideas about scheduling and time management could be a good fit for selected workplaces.
The larger point that the authors make is that we, too, often try to get our work done within outdated systems. Questioning these systems and discovering new ways to revise the work structures in our lives to better fit our current circumstances can be great ways to start getting our lives organized.
After evaluating the personal side of the organization equation and concluding that clearer goals can help anyone break through personal constraints, Merrill and Martin move into the organizational side of the problem. This is where they point out the beauty of search and venture into the possibilities of the paperless office. First, they explain the benefits of digital files and show how eliminating paper from your work reduces clutter, creates a cleaner environment and makes information easier to share and access. Then, they list the important reasons why we should all make the awkward transition to better digital tools to improve how we manage our calendars, e-mail, documents and lives.
The third part of Getting Organized in the Google Era addresses smarter ways to stay focused during our daily battles with more and faster information. A chapter on balancing work and life offers this important thought: It cannot be done, since they are so deeply intertwined. A better way to think about the issue, Merrill and Martin write, is to integrate work with life instead. Adjust your habits to fit "what your workday actually looks like, rather than trying to organize your life around the way you think it should be."