When an organizer starts working with a client, it’s very important for me to get to know what kind of learner they are. Why? Knowing if someone is a more dominant left-brain thinker vs a right-brain thinker is extremely important when it comes to organizing. Not sure if you’re left-brain or right-brain dominant? There are a ton of different quick ‘test’ you can take on-line. Here are 2 sites that you may wish to explore:
1. http://www.blogthings.com/areyourightorleftbrainedquiz/ 20 question quiz that will ‘spit out’ what you are.
2. http://www.wherecreativitygoestoschool.com/vancouver/left_right/rb_test.htm 54 questions that will give you your results.
There are many more sites available but I just happened to choose these two. Just for reference, here are my own personal scores:
55% left-brain and 45% right-brain
53% left-brain and 47% right-brain
How does this relate to organizing? Here are some tips that I hope you find helpful:
- Create an ordered workspace
- Place items behind closed doors except for current tasks
- Create logical ‘homes’ for things (pens, paper, etc.)
- Purchase tools like desk drawer trays, labelers, etc.
- Use color (file folders, magazine holders, etc).
- Have options for current projects/tasks in the open
- Use visual cues (colored post-it notes) as reminders
- Purchase attractive organizers that you like to look at
Looking at myself, I’m almost 50-50 so what does that mean for me? I actually tend to use a combination of left-brain and right-brain strategies.
What is important to remember is: what works for me may not work for you. If you are more right-brain dominant your organization will look different than someone who may be more left-brain dominant.
So, before you begin your journey of becoming organized or more organized, do a little self-evaluation to figure out what will work best for you