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During a visit to The World’s Largest Bookstore in Portland, Oregon, a good doctor friend of mine conducted an intervention lest I put one more book into my basket. Alas, I often find myself in bookstores, “just to look”.

I came across a New York Times bestseller, “The Organized Mind – Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload”. I thought this would be something useful for me to read, so despite the doctor’s advice, I picked it up and leafed through the book.

I wondered if it was lost on anyone that this book about getting your mind organized was 483 pages. I wondered if it could be rewritten into a more palatable, say, 200 pages? Or better yet, 90 pages?

But then they wouldn’t be able to charge $35.00 … or would they? Is a 483-page book more valuable than a 90-page book? Am I paying for quantity or utility? If time is money, perhaps a 90-page book is worth more than a 483-page book.

A couple of weeks later, I found the book on sale for $15.00 (CDN). I relapsed and bought it. I’m so glad I did. This book provides valuable insights into how we assimilate and process information and spells out practical suggestions for being more organized.

Dr. Daniel J. Levitin is professor of Psychology and Behavioural Neuroscience at McGill University. I recognized him as the author of “This Is Your Brain on Music”, another excellent book I enjoyed a couple of years ago.

I think I should probably read it again.

If I can find it.

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