Bit Literacy: Productivity in the Age of Information and E-mail Overload
By Mark Hurst
Review by Rebecca Johnson
Mark Hurst has had a lifetime fascination with digital technology. He is an expert on how to manage being overloaded with the deluge of bits. What he teaches is a set of skills that help you deal with things like too much email. I felt the advice in this book was helpful and have found that the methods do work.
Do you feel like you can't catch up? Are you stressed out by technology? Do you need a laugh? Mark Hurst's reinterpretation of verses in Ecclesiastes made me laugh. I agree that there is a time for email and a time not to check email. This book teaches you how to get rid of emails for good or how to sort and file them so they become less of a problem.
Now probably the most helpful part of this book is the explanation on how to organize your to do list. Mark Hurst recommends a site that works with email to organize you on a daily basis. You can send an email to the site and it automatically puts something on your to do list. Then all you do is figure out what you need to do each day without worrying about what you have to do a week from now.
This book also gives some good tips on how to manage photos.
Mark Hurst is a creative writer and his words are a pleasure to read. His advice for living in an age of bits is invaluable. For the overwhelmed computer literate person, this is a must read. By applying the methods this author discusses you should be a lot less stressed.
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