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Mark Hurst

Productivity in the Age of Information and E-mail Overload

3.8 (27 ratings)
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Bit Literacy by Mark Hurst is a guide for managing digital overload. It introduces a systematic approach to organize files, emails and tasks for greater productivity.

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    Cheap and easy to disseminate and store, bits are spreading across all areas of society.

    For centuries, whenever people wanted to record something important or transmit knowledge, they had to use paper, and as a medium for disseminating information, paper does offer plenty of advantages: it’s durable, easy to use and exceedingly cheap.

    Over time, however, we’ve begun to see paper’s disadvantages. For one, information stored on paper takes up lots of space. Just think of the shelves full of tomes in your local library.

    In our modern world, we’re replacing paper with bits, an information storage medium with unique properties that make it more time- and energy-efficient than any other.

    Bits are tiny electrical impulses in which huge amounts of information can be stored with almost no need of physical space. Combined with their very high transmission speed, bits can be shared easily with numerous recipients.

    Today, you can send an e-mail or publish an article that reaches millions of people worldwide in just a second – all with the click of a button. In the past, this kind of reach would’ve required many trees to produce the paper, and much ink for the writing out of the information. Your text would then need to be shipped around the world, consuming both fuel and time.

    Today, the number of bits in existence is constantly growing and flowing thanks to the internet and to interactive devices. Laptops, smartphones, tablets, PCs, cameras, and so on – all these devices produce, store and send bits.

    The internet has even freed bits from the limitations of physical space. A single article can be accessed all over the world – for years – without being subject to physical wear and tear. Virtually every industry has seen the benefit of bits and is integrating them into their production and distribution processes. As a result, the number of bits you deal with on a daily basis will only continue to grow.

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    What is Bit Literacy about?

    Bit Literacy (2007) is the go-to guide for people who want to make better use of their time in a world permeated by unnecessary information. By employing the book’s organizational and time-saving tricks, you’ll be well on your way to becoming bit-literate.

    Bit Literacy Review

    Bit Literacy (2007) is a practical guide to managing digital clutter and reclaiming our time and focus in the digital age. Here are three reasons why this book is worth reading:

    • With easy-to-implement strategies and practical tips, it helps readers regain control over their digital lives and become more productive.
    • The book addresses the challenges of information overload and provides actionable solutions to stay organized and prioritize effectively.
    • Mark Hurst's down-to-earth approach and relatable anecdotes make the topic engaging and relatable, keeping readers engaged throughout the book.

    Best quote from Bit Literacy

    They have changed the world like no other technology before. Now we are living in the Age of Bits.

    —Mark Hurst
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    Who should read Bit Literacy?

    • People who feel like they should be getting more from new technology
    • Those suffering from information overload
    • Anyone who can’t keep their inbox tidy

    About the Author

    Mark Hurst is an MIT graduate as well as the founder and CEO of Creative Good, a consulting service focused on improving customer experience. He also wrote the highly acclaimed book, Customers Included.

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    What is the main message of Bit Literacy?

    The main message of Bit Literacy is to help people effectively manage and organize their digital information.

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    Is Bit Literacy a good book? Is it worth reading?

    Bit Literacy is a valuable read for anyone looking to enhance their digital organization skills. It provides practical strategies for managing the information overload we face in today's digital age.

    Who is the author of Bit Literacy?

    The author of Bit Literacy is Mark Hurst.

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