Organizing for Your Brain Type: Finding Your Own Solution to Managing Time, Paper, and Stuff

Organizing for Your Brain Type: Finding Your Own Solution to Managing Time, Paper, and Stuff

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Organizing for Your Brain Type: Finding Your Own Solution to Managing Time, Paper, and Stuff by Lanna Nakone

Get---and stay---organized!

Let your natural inclinations guide you toward gaining control of your environment and learn to live life on your own terms. Drawing on the science of brain function and her experience as a professional organizer, Lanna Nakone offers tailored and specific advice that will actually work to help you tame your desk, unclutter your closet, manage your time, and save your sanity.

Take the Brain Style quiz to determine which of the four parts of the brain you rely on the most to process information, and which organizing style complements your brain function. If you rely on the

*Posterior left section of your brain, you're a Maintaining Style. You develop and follow routines well and adhere to traditional organizing methods.

*Frontal right section of your brain, you're an Innovating Style. Artistically creative, you have a unique stacking system that no one else understands.

*Posterior right section of your brain, you're a Harmonizing Style. Valuing interconnectedness with your family or coworkers, you need to be organized enough to keep your environment peaceful.

*Frontal left section of your brain, you're a Prioritizing Style. Adept at analyzing data, you prefer to delegate organizing.

Chapters specific to each type offer practical tips and strategies for implementing an organizing system, maintaining your system, and coexisting with different brain styles.

Insightful and understanding, Organizing for Your Brain Type turns the task of managing your life into an enjoyable experience.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312339777
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 05/28/2005
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 1,001,425
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.61(d)

About the Author

Lanna Nakone is a professional organizer and consultant. Her business, Organized World, boasts clients from corporations and busy executives to homemakers. A member of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO), she runs workshops and does extensive lecturing for The Executive Committee Worldwide (T.E.C.). She lives in St. Helena, California.

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Organizing for Your Brain Type: Finding Your Own Solution to Managing Time, Paper, and Stuff 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bought it as a joke (tongue in cheek) for my son the college student. He's compulsively disorganized and suffers because of it. I thought the title would reach his sensibilities. Read it first (naturally, otherwise he'd really be annoying) and found a lot of truths. the questionnaire is a bit bizarre, but a really great concept and provided lots of food for thought!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this book because i always suspected that there was more than one way to skin a cat. I am the innovating type and i couldn't figure out a way to make it clear to my mother, a maintaining type, that we approach life differently. The quiz at the beginning of the book clarified everything. The book gives practical suggestions on how to use the strengths of your particular brain type and also how to get along with a different brain type. I took this book to a family reunion and it was the source of great laughter as we addressed each other by brain type and poked fun at each other's little quirks! this is really a useful and entertaining book.
CasualUnclutterer More than 1 year ago
Ms. Nakone is fascinated by the science of brain function and applies its research to the question "Why can't I get organized?"  The simple answer: no two brains are alike, although there are some things we all share.  Each of us has an organizing "style," different capabilities and preferences for how we organize, which lets us use our strengths.  Those styles are about our whole selves: our physical, emotional and mental abilities.  When a person is unable to find or use a comfortable style, that person may not be successful at organizing. Ms. Nakone writes about four common organizing styles: "Maintaining," "Harmonizing," "Innovating," and Prioritizing."   These four styles complement, sometimes annoy, and, sadly, sometimes criticize each other.  Ms. Nakone helps you identify which style might be yours, and provides some suggestions for organizing tools to fit your style.  She also gives ideas to help us understand each other's styles and cooperate.  That's a wonderful gift. Lauren Williams, Casual Uncluttering LLC, Woodinville, WA  USA