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Organizing for the Creative Person: Right-Brain Styles for Conquering Clutter, Mastering Time, and Reaching Your Goals Paperback – December 28, 1993
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The right-brain way to conquering clutter, mastering time, and reaching one's goals: the first book to show creative people how to arrange their desks, their time, and their lives in a style consistent with their unique way of perceiving the world. Suggests a host of practical solutions, all in harmony with the way creative people think and act. 20 line drawings.
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Organizing for the Creative Person is the first book on organization and time management to draw on the startling discoveries made in recent years about right-brain and left-brain dominance. Creative people - whether they are artists, homemakers, or executives - often have particular problems with organization. As scientific studies have shown, creativity resides in the right hemisphere of the brain. However, the right hemisphere lacks any concept of time, structure, or detail, and has no analytic ability; these traits reside in the left brain. If you're the kind of person for whom conventional checklists and filing systems don't feel natural, you're probably right-brain dominant. Organizing for the Creative Person offers dozens of practical, down-to-earth techniques to help you find the organizing style that works for you. And since opposites attract, the book has a special section on how to deal with left-brained spouses or coworkers (and how they can deal with you).
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My guess is, most of the 5 star reviews either have ADD - or many similar tendencies, and most of the 1-2 star reviews, whether truly creative or self declared creative do not have any such tendencies.
If you DO have ADD, but this book for sure. There is some "fluff" as in reviewer called it, but for me (and most of the 5 star reviewers I'm guessing), it's info that helps me identify, reassures that the author not only understands my unusual thought and action flow, but REALLY GETS IT, and can therefore offer meaningful thoughts and processes that can help.
• Each chapter is summarized with bullet points.
• There are LOTS of pictures to hold attention AND share worthwhile thoughts
• There are boldly boxed ideas to make them stand out to wandering minds
• There are exercises throughout to help test, identify, and shape certain ideas and thought patterns.
• Each chapter is broken down into several short sections with bold type showing the topic covered.
While many of the ideas may seem like common sense to some of the reviewers - and me when taken individually, it is the collection of the whole, and the proper reminding and collective suggestion that makes it so worthwhile.
If you don't like this book, that's ok. But just because something seems too simple to be of any help to you, don't bash it. I promise there are plenty of us that have found great help from it.
This book is one of 100 I had or have had related to this subject, and honestly it almost went to goodwill unread; but thankfully I pulled it from the box, and just flipping through the pages saw enough to believe it just may be worth the time.
This paperback will be with me a while, and there will be a copy on my bookshelf from now on. Since I've limited the total number of volumes of all types to 100, that is really saying something, and speaks the level of praise this book has merited.
Lauren Williams, Casual Uncluttering LLC, Woodinville, WA, USA