ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life
Strategies that Work from a Professional Organizer and a Renowned ADD Clinician
Routledge – 2002 – 280 pages
Over 100,000 Copies Sold!
Organizing books fall short of addressing the unique needs of adults with ADD. They fail to understand the clinical picture of ADD and how it impacts the organizing process often making their advice irrelevant or frustrating when put into application. Books about ADD may address organization/disorganization but do so in a cursory fashion and on a very small scale in what are usually long books on the subject. This is a book that has ADD-Friendly advice with the ADDer in mind. This collaboration brings forth the best underlying understanding with the most effective and practical remedy from ADD experts in two important fields -- professional organization and clinical psychology. Finally, it offers organizing advice that ranges from self-help to utilizing the help of non-professionals, to using professional assistance. Thus it permits the reader to decide where they are at personally in the organizing process, and what level of support will be most beneficial to their unique situation.
Goldstein, Foreword. Preface. Acknowledgements. Part I: Getting Started. ADD-Friendly Organizing: A Different Organizing Approach. ADD-Friendly Strategies that Work with Your ADD. Structure and Support: Creating the Framework for Success. Part II: Taking Charge of ADD. Streamline and Simplify: Counteracting Complications. ADD Decisions Dilemmas. B-o-r-i-n-g: Managing Stimulation Hunger and Hyperfocus. First Things First: Learning to Prioritize. Out of Sight, Out of Mind (OosOom): Remembering to Remember. Part III: Thing Organizing. Getting Over Overwhelm. CHAOS. Packrat Syndrome. David's Garage. Part IV: Time Organizing. Time Out. Overcoming Overcommitment. Plenty-of-Time Thinking. The State of Rushness. Part V: Paper Organizing. Fear of Filing. Backlog Blues. Paper Money. VI: Conclusion. Putting Organizing Ideas into Action. Part VII: Resources. Organizing Resources. ADD Resources. About the Authors. Index.
Judith Kolberg is a Professional Organizer in Atlanta, Georgia and the founder of the National Study Group on Chronic Disorganization.
Kathleen Nadeau, Ph.D. is a Clinical Psychologist and the Director of Chesapeake Psychological Service in Bethesda, Maryland.