Search 10x Faster in Google

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I watched a movie recently about Saroo Brierley, a boy from India who fell asleep and rode on a train 1,000 miles from his home. When Saroo got off the train, he was lost. Only five years old, Saroo found himself in another part of India where a different language is spoken. He also did not know the correct name of his hometown, and encumbered with language barriers, could not return home.

It’s an astonishing tale and one I can’t keep thinking about.

Saroo wrote about his journey from India to an orphanage, then to adoption in Tasmania and eventually his quest, 25 years later, to seek his family in India. The book, A Long Way Home, inspired the movie, Lion, and earned six Oscar nominations.

Here’s a Google Earth: Saroo’s Search video describing his fascinating journey. (Spoiler alert: Stop the video at the 1:30 minute mark if you don’t want to know the ending and prefer to watch the movie or read his book first.)

Saroo’s story also inspired me to share some tips on how to get the information you want faster in Google Search. Let’s be more savvy in our searching, shall we?

1. Simple works best

In Google search, one or two word search terms will usually give you the broadest results. Start with short search terms, then refine your results by adding more words.

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5 Remedies for Overwhelming Indigestion of the Mind

art of information overload by Claire Downey

Information Overload artwork by Claire Downey.

Do You Feel Like You Can’t Keep Up?

Do clients and staff expect instant answers from you? Do you find you’re not getting to your most important projects — seeking new business or launching a new service — because you feel overwhelmed with your daily work?

Do you sometimes feel like you can’t keep up?

Infoglut is like going to an all-you-can-eat buffet, but you’re on a diet and yet cannot resist eating a little bit of everything under the protective glass of the food table. Afterwards, you feel all-full (awful).

Perhaps you’re dealing with information overload.

If so, let’s see how the ways we respond to information overload are hurting, rather than helping, us. Continue reading 5 Remedies for Overwhelming Indigestion of the Mind