Archive for the ‘Getting Organized/Chronic Disorganization’ Category
“If we’re too tipped to the side of fun in life and we neglect our work commitments, that is a kind of imbalance that can cause all sorts of stress such as unpaid bills, debt, not seeing things through, or a reputation for being unreliable. On the other hand, if we work ourselves to death and don’t tip things over to the fun, relaxing, recreating side of life, we can likewise be unhappy and stressed. So balance is important. I tend to take a long view on balance. For instance, when I’m writing a book, I can sacrifice friends, family, and fun because I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. So my life can be terrifically unbalanced in favor of work, but I know it’s only temporary. When I travel, I hardly do any work. I’m fine with knowing projects await me after I’m done goofing off. Try to be as proactive as you can about when you will deliberately unbalance your life in favor of work or leisure. And take a long view – life will balance out over the longer term. And oh yea, keep that light at the end of the tunnel nice and bright!”
Judith Kolberg – Award-winning Professional Organizer & Humble Thought-Leader
Excerpt from http://theothersideoforganized.com
Judith Kolberg’s Keynote Address
to the Japanese Association of Life Organizers (JALO), 2013 Annual Conference
In 1970, a manufacturer of panty hose decided to lower production costs. They made panty hose “One Size Fits All.” They determined what they thought was “the average” size of women’s legs. Women who were larger sizes were assured the nylon would stretch to fit and women who were smaller were told it would shrink to fit them. What do you think happened? Women abandoned “One Size Fits All” in droves and the manufacturers returned to offering panty hose is various sizes.
Categorizing Is Not “One Size Fits All”
Even our most fundamental organizing principles are not “One Size Fits All.” We assume, for instance, that all people categorize the same. Categories make it possible for us to put like-things together, a building block for sorting things, knowing where they are and retrieving them, and for organizing just about everything.
Parents teach children at an early age that their toys go here and their clothes go there and it is not a good idea to mix your toothbrush in with the soap dish. When they get older the categories get more precise. Legos go here, stuffed animals go there, and dolls go over here. In grade school an exercise called What Does Not Belong shows a picture of a bird, a shoe, a dog, and a cat. Most children realize the category is “animals” and they circle the shoe because it is the only non-animal and does not belong.
But one size does not fit all.
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Happy New Year and more importantly, Happy National Get Organized month!
For many people, ‘getting organized’ and ‘happy’ in the same sentence is a contradiction in terms. Brother International Corporation’s (BIC) recent study on personal organizing indicates that it can yield a sense of accomplishment, a feeling of calm and relaxation, and even—dare we say it—’happiness.’ Still people avoid it. My advice?
- Write down a small, achievable organizing goal.
- Don’t go it alone. Bring a (non-judgmental) friend or family member in for support.
- Know when you need a pro.
- Wait for a tipping point.
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The Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD), in partnership with Catherine Roster, Ph.D., Associate Professor at University of New Mexico and Dr. Joseph Ferrari, Distinguished Professor at DePaul University, is conducting a study to learn how clutter impacts a person’s psychological sense of “home.” Psychological home refers to self-identity as it is aided through a person’s use of personal dwelling spaces in the place one calls “home,” as well as public use and association with nearby spaces that aid one’s self-identity through access to culture, people, or things that connect a person with their surroundings.
If you wish to participate, click here to take the survey.
Judith Kolberg is a pioneer in the field of chronic disorganization and in this interview with Francis Wade she shares the key insights from her book – Getting Organizing in the Era of Endless: What to do when information, interruption, work and stuff are endless but time is not!
Listen in to learn how to manage the excesses and downside of endless information, interruption, work, and stuff, while reclaiming your time.
Judith Kolberg shares ways to take advantage of ADD Awareness Month so you take control of your ADD.
BY CLUTTER INTERRUPTED · SEPTEMBER 18, 2013
Did you know…
- Judith Kolberg’s books have sold over a quarter million copies.
- There is a sheik in Saudi Arabia who orders many of Judith Kolberg’s books every year.
- The Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD) has a “Judith Kolberg” Award.
- Judith enjoys woods, oceans and mountains far from her computer.
Clutter Interrupted Radio episode #120 is about adults with chronic disorganization and/or ADD. Judith gives fascinating and helpful information that gives us a sense of hope as she reassures us that there is no shame in chronic disorganization and ADD. She shares strategies and little tricks to implement into your daily life that will help your situation.
You are reading this at this time in your life for a reason!
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