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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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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.

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  • Sebastien
  • Saint-Hyacinthe, QC, Canada
  • 10-24-12

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.

29 of 30 people found this review helpful

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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.

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  • Sherry
  • FLEMING ISLAND, FL, United States
  • 01-28-13

Listening now

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.

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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.

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What a disappointment

I was so hopeful when I bought this book. Unfortunately, it doesn't teach you anything of substance. Although it claims to provide useful tools for ADD people, most strategies it suggests are far too complex and include way too many steps than a typical ADD person can handle. There are a couple of helpful tips that I did find in the book, however they could barely fill a one-page newsletter. Definitely not worth the time OR the money invested.

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PATIENCE is required to mine the diamonds

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Yes -- but not nearly as much as "Delivered from Distraction" (Halliwell, M.D. is one of *the* leading researchers who *cleanly* and quickly gives needed info). In contrast, Pitts' reading style, intending to be warm and comforting (she is) nevertheless takes a third of the book to hear "through". In addition, the book wanders, or takes too long to make salient points. Intending to comfort those with ADD and ADHD, it actually created annoyance I had to go past -- to get the valuable tips it contains.

Would you recommend ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life to your friends? Why or why not?

See above

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Lisa Reneé Pitts?

Pitts' reading style, intending to be warm and comforting (she is) nevertheless takes a third of the book to hear "through"

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

Yes -- but I'd suggest finding reviews of the book via Amazon for those parts most useful to the reader -- and best reviewed. Hear those, and the intro an conclusion, but not the entire book.

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Excellent resource!

Absolutely the MOST useful, applicable tools I've come across in the many, *many!* books I've read and listened to on the topic. I appreciated the multi level approaches offered for each 'problem' with solutions that could be applied for wherever the severity of the particular 'stumbling block' lay for the reader.

I recommend this book to those struggling with specific tasks, organization and/or time management as a result of their ADD.

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  • Celia
  • folsom, ca, United States
  • 06-09-13

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.

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worthwhile

What made the experience of listening to ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life the most enjoyable?

Really solid, practical concepts - very applicable.

What did you like best about this story?

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

At first I like it, because her voice was very clear and easy to hear, but after a while it sounded so much like she was reading to a bunch of 4th graders in a sing-song voice, constantly over-enunciating words, that it was hard to concentrate on the concepts.

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

n/a

Any additional comments?

I like the idea of being able to listen to the book, but because of the annoying voice of the narrator, I used the Kindle to read on my own.

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  • Zoe
  • 06-10-14

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.

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  • T. Griffith
  • 07-07-14

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...

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  • Mrs
  • 08-05-14

I think this book is read by a robot.

Would you consider the audio edition of ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life to be better than the print version?

The information in this book is really good. I know this because I gave up on listening to the audio version and bought the book. The way it's read is really monotonous and in the end I got bored. I prefer to skip through a book picking out all the interesting bits, in an ADD sort of way, and it didn't work with this.

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  • J. Shapiro
  • 01-05-15

Unhelpful and obvious, read atrociously

Nothing in the book is newt. No "hints" that are not obvious Nothing scientific. Maybe it's fitting that the reader deliberately sounds stupid too. A waste of time and money. So many better ADD books out there This is,worst of all, badly organised and wordy

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  • uccellina
  • 08-22-17

Absolutely PAINFUL

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

Someone who isn't bothered by patronising audiobooks.

Would you ever listen to anything by Kathleen Nadeau and Judith Kolberg again?

Not likely. The main implication of the book is that you should really hire a professional organiser because no one with ADD is capable of doing the really hard stuff without professional help.

How could the performance have been better?

The narrator sounds a bit like she is reading out a children's book but that might be an insult to narrators of children's books.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment. This book could have been empowering but instead it was condescending. The few insightful nuggets about how ADD-ers think about organising were drowned by really basic suggestions that most ADD-ers will have heard from doctors or in other books ad nauseum or baroque plans that few people, ADD or otherwise, are likely to maintain. ADD does not need to be a life sentence and writing an entire book which seems designed to convince someone they need to hire someone to do anything advanced is insulting.