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ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life | [Kathleen Nadeau, Judith Kolberg]

ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life

From authors Judith Kolberg and Kathleen Nadeau comes an essential guide to organization written with the unique needs of ADD sufferers in mind. Here are strategies that work from a professional organizer and a renowned ADD clinician.
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Publisher's Summary

From authors Judith Kolberg and Kathleen Nadeau comes an essential guide to organization written with the unique needs of ADD sufferers in mind. Here are strategies that work from a professional organizer and a renowned ADD clinician.

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 practice. Books about ADD may address organization/disorganization but do so in a cursory fashion and on a very small scale. This is a book that has ADD-friendly advice with the ADD-er 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 using the help of non-professionals or professional assistance. Thus it permits the listener to decide where they are personally in the organizing process and what level of support will be most beneficial to their unique situation.

©2002 Judith Kolberg and Kathleen G. Nadeau (P)2012 Tantor

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    Sebastien Saint-Hyacinthe, QC, Canada 10-24-12
    Sebastien Saint-Hyacinthe, QC, Canada 10-24-12 Member Since 2004
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    "Helpful and reassuring"
    Would you listen to ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life again? Why?

    I am halway through the book and already I am going back and forth to re-read important passages. I am an adult who has just discovered that he has ADD (about eight weeks ago) and this book helps in the reorganization of my entire life in a way that finaly makes sense and at the same time reduces the anxiety resulting by this way of thinking and working by letting me know that I am not alone. Examples are numerous and relatable covering a great deal of ADD types and variations. The descriptions of everyday life situation and how others have live throught them to emerge more efficient in a way that makes alot more sense to them and to me than the one-size-fits-all, cookie-cutter way in which regular books about self-organizing tend to promote.So far, the techniques and approaches covered in the book are based on a "take what works for you" philosophy which takes out the stress inducing "it worked for everyone else, why not for me" way of doing things usual in other organization books. I've heard ADD described somewhere as being a beaver living in a world of Squirels. You Don't climb trees very well prefering to build a dam and create a pond. Your tails isn't fluffy in any way and you don't even like eating nuts. This work fits this description of the ADD life and it offers advice for beavers and not for squirels. The book plays to the strenghts of the ADD way of thinking and offers ways to go around the obstacles that can trip up the ADD-er in his or her quest to finally get organized and efficient.I would most certainly recommend the book to anyone who's had difficulty with organization in general and in particular to adults living with ADD.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life?

    Description of the different ways in which ADD-ers go through life and how to surmount difficulties with ADD-friendly methods.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Lisa Reneé Pitts?

    Maybe. I have read the reviews before buying this book and many people criticized the interpretation of Lisa Renée Pitts but I bought it anyway.Lets face it, this is a textbook, not a novel. I do not need nor expect a stellar performance by the narator, I need the information in the book I mean try to be entertaining while reading recipes in a cookbook. Also, after listening to a couple of samples from other books she narated in which the style of reading is completely different, I cannot help but think that the performance might have been purposefuly directed this way in order to keep ADD listeners from wandering off as some of us tend to do. This is just conjuncture and speculations of course, but it kind of makes sense.In any case, don't let the momments about the narator keep you from the valuable information in this book.


    What did you learn from ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life that you would use in your daily life?

    I will set up an external support system recruiting family and friends to help build and maintain a structure in my new ADD life.


    Any additional comments?

    Very useful book, worth the price or the credits.

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer The Woodlands, TX, United States 08-02-12
    Amazon Customer The Woodlands, TX, United States 08-02-12 Member Since 2011

    My reading and listening tastes are eclectic.

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    "Very Helpful for Organization"

    I just moved, and i found that this book has been extremely helpful in planning the move and organizing after I moved. It gave me some very good ways to grasp the issues I needed to deal with. Thank you very much for writing this book.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Alderman Spokane, WA USA 12-26-12
    Daniel Alderman Spokane, WA USA 12-26-12 Member Since 2003
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    "Helpful book, good reader"

    I have gained a lot of insight from reading this book. I struggle with organization on a daily basis. This book discusses organizing strategies with an ADHD brain in mind. This is very useful. In my life, I have set up about a gazillion organizing systems which fail almost immediately because they're too complicated to keep up with, or they require me to constantly be mindful of my system. This is, I'll admit it, impossible for me. The techniques in this book seem far more doable and I will be experimenting with them.

    On another note: The reader, Lisa Renee Pitts, is very good. The review mentioning ebonics is completely untrue. Pitts speaks with excellent diction. I don't know what the agenda of that reviewer was, but in my opinion these statements are not only invalid and unfair, they're inappropriate.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Garden Grove, CA, United States 06-07-13
    Laura Garden Grove, CA, United States 06-07-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Practical tips for ADD minds"

    It's clear that these authors understand the ADD mind. Just in the first real chapter I've gotten my money's worth, and there's lots more to go.

    Don't think that the first part of the book is really what the book reads like. That's a forward from someone else, but it's not clear at first. There's a bunch of intro stuff. Stick with it and you'll be happy.

    Some people have mentioned that the narrator is poor and puts the emphasis on the wrong words, etc. Not true. While it's clear that she's reading and she could be more animated, it's just an accent that you're hearing, not bad reading. This accent works to her advantage, because it lets me visualize a friendly neighbor lady talking to me, not some doctor-type that can't relate.

    I felt I had to put a review on here ASAP because a couple of the reviews almost made me not buy the audiobook, and when I looked at the kindle version, the intro parts made it look like a boring book.

    Give this book a chance and you'll love it. This book comes highly recommended by the author of Driven to Distraction, and also now by me.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Sherry FLEMING ISLAND, FL, United States 01-28-13
    Sherry FLEMING ISLAND, FL, United States 01-28-13 Member Since 2006
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    What insight do you think you’ll apply from ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life?

    This book seems promising. Ill review when finished. I have fibromyalgia and figured this may help address similar issues. But as listening they are talking to me.


    Any additional comments?

    I want to adress some points that some reviews made about this narrator. I find her really good. I DISAGREE with some remarks made but one review was actually offensive. I have lived in many places and while the narrarator has an accent she is articulate and her voice is pleasant. I really use reviews to choose books I really debated rather to get this glad I went ahead.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Celia folsom, ca, United States 06-09-13
    Celia folsom, ca, United States 06-09-13
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    "spot on target"

    over all spot on target. Really helped me to see how I could put some things into place to help myself stay in the right level of focus.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Tony Grinbarg Little Rock, AR 12-08-13
    Tony Grinbarg Little Rock, AR 12-08-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent tips, terrible narrator."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The only thing not great about this book is the narrator. The tips are great and remarkably tactical. Each one I've put into practice have made my life easier and my weaknesses less relevant.


    What other book might you compare ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life to and why?

    This reminds me a lot of Delivered from Distraction, with a greater focus on life application versus understanding and appreciation of ADD.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator speaks as if she's reading a spoken word poem at times and at other times it sounds as if she has a lisp. Anyone could have read this more naturally.


    Any additional comments?

    I have such a hard time recommending this audiobook- simply because it was so painful to listen to. However, I do love the tips it gave, I'm just not sure if it's worth fighting the narrator for them.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    C. Romero San Francisco, CA 11-25-13
    C. Romero San Francisco, CA 11-25-13
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    "Non-friendly to folks with ADD"
    What did you like best about ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life? What did you like least?

    The content has some very good ideas on how to organize a very disorganized life. I've implemented some of them in my every day life and it works; but, I have to be disciplined about it. This book is a good beginning.


    What didn’t you like about Lisa Reneé Pitts’s performance?

    The constant pausing and emphasis on random words was very distracting. Once you notice it, that's all you're looking for. I was curious to hear what else she had read and took a peek at her website. She has a number of books that she has read for and most, if not all, are afrocentric in there content--she does not list this book (ADD Friendly Ways...). She is a great character reader; however, this book was not a good fit for her.

    Bravo to those folks who thought the reading of this book was good. I believe that most will not have the same experience.


    Did ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life inspire you to do anything?

    I changed some ways that I conduct my everyday life. I did not have a great life changing moment as a result of this book. It's more of a reference book with some practical ideas.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Midge Gainesville, GA, United States 08-15-13
    Midge Gainesville, GA, United States 08-15-13 Member Since 2012
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    "So Good, I am buying to book for a go to reference"

    One of two great ADD must have books/audios. Uses real life situations to demonstrate each issue then gives good suggestions on how to deal with or correct the issue. Tremendous help for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jane Lebanon, PA, United States 01-11-13
    Jane Lebanon, PA, United States 01-11-13 Member Since 2012
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    Where does ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Good.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life?

    Helpful tips that are reasonable and doable for the ADDer.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Proper annunciation.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Tangible tactics.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall this was a good book that contained quality information but narrator mispronunciations are grating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Zoe
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    "useful and informative"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    if they were an adult with ADD yes I would recommend this book. I always suspected I had ADD from descriptions of how I functioned as a child. (I am now an Occupational Therapist and through the course of my training this confirmed my suspicions). Reading this book it struck me how many of these strategies I have already discovered and utilised to help me in my professional work and as a mother. In fact it made me realise how my symptoms had possibly even led me to my profession as I had to become an excellent problem solver. I had often wondered why no one else seemed to need these strategies to get things done and keep focused:-) Now I know why! Excellent, information packed book. A few people reported the reader's accent and slow reading style to be off-putting. Yes, it is strong, but actually I found it easier to stay focused and not be distracted by interesting fluctuations in her vocal presentation. For me it was a shock for the first 5 mins and then I got over it and got into the content. Later in the book there are some repetitions but that only served to confirm that I now knew what I was to do to problem solve my difficulties and new stuff came again soon. Great book. Clear lay out but yes this does make it longer than it needed to be...I couldnt have read it. Good job it was audible! If you don't have ADD perhaps it all seems trivial but this stuff can be hugely helpful for those of us who rely on strategies to hold it all together and function efficiently and effectively.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No - far too long. I made notes as I listened to help me focus. It passed the time beautifully on a 5 hour train ride.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • T. Griffith
    London, UK
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    "A bit annoying"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, it's nice to think there are people as chaotic as me out there..


    What was one of the most memorable moments of ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life?

    I am sorry to say it was the author "selling her services"... it seems to run.. "You're no good unless you get professional help lovie"


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Stopped implying that unless you had a professional organiser in your life you were done for..


    Was ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life worth the listening time?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I like to listen to books on a loudspeaker as I'm going off to sleep. I live in a block of flats where we all have the windows open at night for fresh air. Lisa Renee Pits' voice is quite strident and she kept repeating "The ADD friendly way to ... " The ADD.." and sort of shouting "The ADD"... (just the way it's spelt).. I was really afraid my neighbours would hear... ditto for some dieting audio books I've listened to recently...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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