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For a book that, in my view, is aimed at those that feel overwhelmed with the amount of information we have to process on a daily basis, Levitin sure likes to completely fail to get to the point in a direct, organised manner. There seems to be no real flow or structure to the chapters. Instead page after page is filled with slightly patronising and endless examples that end up making you ask yourself what was the chapter about in the first place. If I’m going to review a book based on the very purpose of what it is designed to achieve and educate the reader with, this is possibly the worst book I’ve ever read. Completely ‘overloads’ you with information that could be more to the point, and funnily enough, is not at all organised.
This book had some very useful tips and interesting information in it, but you had to wade through pages and pages of irrelevant and repetitive text to get to it. With some decent editing this book could have been cut down to about a third, and be much more readable for it. I lost count of the number of times the author talked about most of us having a junk drawer where we keep things we have no other place for ...
I was going to give the book 4 stars, except I've lost the book, just spent hours looking for it and as I can't find it can't comment further and don't want to mark down just because I have a disorganised mind. It's good enough that I'm going to ask for a replacement copy for Christmas.
I am a naturally organised person anyway and found the first half of the book interesting but a lot of it was common knowledge, the business section droned on too much, and needs to either put that into a separate business organisation book or cut that section by 3/4 as I felt like I was reading a career guide to admin and organisation, hopefully the latter part is more interesting as the business section generally sent me to sleep. On the plus side there are more than a few gems of wisdom if you can be bothered in your leisure time to wade through to find them