One of the great things about Surviving Information Overload is that Kevin Miller gives you permission not to read the whole thing up front. No guilt trips here. Another great thing about it is that he's packed it with so much helpful information that you may want to read it all.
As the vice-president of resources for Christianity Today International, editor-at-large of Leadership journal, executive editor for PreachingToday.com, and a writer, Miller understands the problems related to information overload.
He divides the book into sections on finding helpful information, ridding yourself of informative clutter, and providing yourself time to actually think. He breaks each section into chapters and loads those chapters with practical, usable ideas, such as how to use Outlook Express to highlight e-mails from the important people in your life, choosing the five or fewer key information areas that you really need to keep up on, and how to determine which information sources are most helpful to you.
In the third section he deals with some of the more philosophical issues and solutions. He discusses the perceived relationship between power and information. He suggests trying block days away from the office to get work done and info-tech sabbaths.
With personal illustrations, quotations, and anecdotes by others, Miller writes in a practical, yet humorous, way. This is not a boring, stuffy tome but moves along quickly. He includes cartoons, an index, a chapter devoted to preachers, and a chapter sharing the resources he found most helpful. Each chapter ends with applicable quotations and steps to incorporate some of the principles from the chapter.
Though aimed at those who work with information, the book will help almost anyone from CEOs to housewives to students. It would make a great gift for non-Christians as well as Christians. --Debbie W. Wilson, Christian Book Previews.com
“Timely and much-needed . . . offers solid and practical advice and reminds us
that the focus of our needs should be related to God’s purposes and plans for
George Gallup Jr.
“If you have the time, read this book. If you don't have the time, you really need to read this book. It will give you a precious gift. It will help you say no.”
John Ortberg, author of Everybody's Normal Till You Get to Know Them
Ever feel overwhelmed by the deluge of email, the frenzy of multitasking, the rush of things you’ve got to know and do? Then you don’t have time not to read this book—because it will save you time and lower your stress.
You needn’t read all of it—just what you need when you need it.
Email killing you? Check out chapter 6.
Interruptions ruining your focus? Tap the power of block days—chapter 10.
No time for family or friends? Try an “info-techno Sabbath”—chapter 11.
Screen out non-essential information Identify and retain what you really need
Turn information into results Deal with information clutter
Find your way through the Internet thicket Safeguard and optimize your time
Reconnect with loved ones
Surviving Information Overload will bring focus, effectiveness, and sanity to your fast-paced life. Buy it—because you’ll use it. It’s a small investment, and the returns start immediately.