It’s been a while since I’ve shared a “Best Book You’ve Never Heard of” post. View previously featured books here.
I don’t remember who I should thank for first recommending Susan Pinsky’s book Organizing Solutions for People with Attention Deficit Disorder to me. I never would have found it on my own: I didn’t think I was the target audience, and the cover isn’t exactly eye candy. (But it turns out that’s appropriate for a book targeted to an ADD audience.)
I should start by saying that I don’t have ADD, but I’m highly distractable, and the tips in this and other ADD-targeted books have made my life a lot easier.
The book has two sections: part 1 outlines a general approach to ADD-friendly organizing. Pinsky explains what makes organizing for ADD types so hard, and what to do about it.
Her mantra, in a nutshell, is this: “The best organizational system for someone with ADD is the one that is most efficient, simplest, most convenient, and the easiest to maintain, because it requires the least number of steps and materials.” If these requirements aren’t met, there is no chance someone with ADD will follow through with an organizational system.
Part II contains individual projects, fittingly scaled to be completable in a short time frame (that is, before one might get distracted and move on to the next shiny project begging for attention). My favorite projects concern the home office , calendars and scheduling, and kids’ rooms.
This is a great little handbook I come back to again and again, especially when my home (or my calendar) begins to feel like it’s spiraling out of control.
Is organizing a struggle for you? Tell us about your struggles, solutions, and Aha! moments–ADD-related or not–in comments.