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ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life Audiobook

ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life

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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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    Skip 05-18-17
    Skip 05-18-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Couldn't get through the first hour."

    Oh my Gosh. She said ADD so many times and so slowly I wanted to rip my hair out. I felt talked down to, patronized by the pace and wording. I may be ADD but I'm not stupid. Way too basic for me.

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    Chris San Jose, CA, United States 05-10-17
    Chris San Jose, CA, United States 05-10-17 Member Since 2010

    Avid Audio Book listener. Usual suspects are Leadership, Business, Philosophy, Biographies, and Random Fiction. But once every couple of months I choose a book I might not have picked...ever...but with good reviews.

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    "This is always downloaded for me to listen to"

    This is one of the few books I own both audio and the actual book. That is important because my ADD actually allows me to hear better then read content but the book actually has important visual cues to help find information quickly. I consider them to work in tandem to help me.

    I read and listen to this book about once a year at least because I forget the habits that help and here other ones that I can grow on. It is actually interesting because it allows me to pick up new skills and try them and then remember "oh yeah I still do that" or "oops...got side tracked and need to come back to that." Easy to do as a single adult with ADD.

    Also love how this book breaks up level 1 (self help), level 2 (friends/family) and level 3 (professional) help recommendations. It has help me retried things that haven't worked for me in different ways. That is extremely helpful!

    Finally, and I can't stress this enough, the reader takes time to pause and clearly let you know when she is reading lists or moving between visual changes. In the book, this is done with pictures and boxes and the reader transitions this nicely. It is even clear when listening at 1.25x speed.

    This book has been so helpful to my life and I highly recommend it!

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    Elizabeth A. Broker 03-24-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Worth the time"

    I think missed some important points, like if you organize you are likely to find you already have lots of what you need. Did offer lots of practical ideas.

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    jonatan drouin 03-21-17
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    "ADD AUDIOBOOK WITH EXTREMLY DRY NARRATOR"

    Very very very dry narrator for an Add self help book. . . . .

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    Kyle Thomas Corvallis, OR USA 03-13-17
    Kyle Thomas Corvallis, OR USA 03-13-17 Member Since 2016

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    "Here are good approaches to dealing with ADD."

    This book, as many, could use a more evocative performance. That said, I highly recommend this title to anyone who is or deals with disorganization.

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    RedHeadKim Asbury Park, NJ 03-03-17
    RedHeadKim Asbury Park, NJ 03-03-17 Member Since 2016
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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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    D_Notice 11-03-16
    D_Notice 11-03-16
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    "Informative though trying at times"

    The speaker has a nice clear voice but she works too hard on annunciating each word clearly. This leads to a much less conversational reading style that can be trying on the ears of the ADHD listener. tips, while useful comma can also become redundant especially at the end of each section where you are given a recap in the form of, "is this your story? It is if..." All in all it is filled with a lot of great information and strategies for getting things under control, though you may have to review sections a few times before it all sinks in.

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    shannon 10-12-16
    shannon 10-12-16 Listener Since 2001
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    "Great book but needed to crank up the speed"

    I loved the book and tips, but the narrator's diction was driving me nuts. I had to turn the speed up to 1.25x for her voice to be tolerable. She speaks slowly and not with her lips ... my ADD head couldn't concentrate at regular speed.

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    SGullen 09-28-16
    SGullen 09-28-16
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    "Displeased with the performance, book content is n"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A different reader would have taken this book in a much different direction for me. If I had more time I would put the effort into the details, but, in the end the reader's voice, rhythm and pronunciation reminds me of 80's office safety video voice-overs.


    Has ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes.


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

    I haven't listened to enough audio books to suggest someone, however, I will not download any books with Mrs. Pitts as narrator.


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

    Disappointment.


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    Eric Holmquist Blue Bell, PA United States 04-05-16
    Eric Holmquist Blue Bell, PA United States 04-05-16 Member Since 2013

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    "Decent book with regrettable narrator choice"
    What did you love best about ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life?

    Overall, I found the book helpful, although not quite as much as I had hoped, but all throughout incredibly frustrated with the narration as others have commented. First off, the book jumps right in fairly early into some organizing techniques, which is good, but it never really delves into what it is about the "ADD brain" that struggles with this area so much. It would have been helpful to at least spend a little time talking about the underlying problem before going straight to techniques. Next, the book is largely targeted at home organization. I was hoping more for getting organized as a business person, but it appears the authors didn't have as much experience in this area. However, in the end, I did pull out some very good ideas, both in terms of organization techniques (and motivations) as well as setting expectations with others.


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

    Not sure, it would depend on the topic.


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

    The worst part about this book by far is the regrettable selection of the narrator. With all due respect, this person should not be narrating books. The excruciating degree that the narrator goes to to enunciate every single syllable in the book, combined with the maddeningly slow pace, makes the recording almost impossible to listen to. Note to author, most people with ADD are very smart and can digest information very quickly, why on earth would you select a narrator who reads this slowly? I actually had to run the audio at 1.5 speed, which made it almost seem normal. If this was my book, I'm insisting it be re-recorded.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    "If you didn't write it down, you didn't tell me." I've never hear a more accurate, useful and applicable concept for the ADD mind. That one alone was worth the price of the book.


    Any additional comments?

    In subsequent versions, consider adding a little more content early on to address the underlying "wiring" problem that makes focusing on organization so difficult, and build out the sections for business-people and I think you'll have an even better book.

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