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A Different Approach To Organization
on December 27, 2011
This is an unusual book. It's thesis is that in order to be organized you don't start with decluttering or straightening your desk or managing your time or any other practical act. Their argument is that an organized mind leads to an organized life. I absolutely applaud this approach because I think much of the time management / productivity / organization / minimalism movements have lost sight of the forest by concentrating on individual trees.
The book is well organized (it better be!) and interesting. The authors have distilled a lot of research and science into 6 rules:
Tame the Frenzy
Apply the Brakes
Connect the Dots
I thought this was very well done and informative. If put to use I think these rules would be very effective in helping one organize their minds and their lives better. I felt calm, organized, and effective just by reading it.
The book has two authors, one a psychiatrist with a really good grasp of neuroscience Paul Hammerness and the other a well qualified life coach Margaret Moore. Each chapter is broken down into two main parts. The first part is an explanation of the scientific concepts and research by Hammerness and the second part is instruction in practical application by Moore.
I thought the presentation of the ideas by Hammerness were excellent. The practical tips for change presented by Moore were pretty good but I think they fell a little short. This is my only complaint of the book and it is mostly just a feeling having finished it. I allow that this might just be a personal preference of mine in that I am endlessly fascinated by the science of the mind and a little tired of "self-helpy" narratives. That said I have no problem recommending this book for anyone who feels overwhelmed or disorganized or just plain stuck and ineffective. It is well done.