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Different Strokes For Different Folks--Your Organizing Personality

When I first began my career as an organizer I worked a long side my clients with great energy, understanding and openness. I had learned time tested techniques from the classes I had taken and had lots to share. After awhile I began to notice that each client had their own way of doing things, their own rhythm. With my background in psychotherapy and my training as a life coach I was able to work well with the differences in each client and we always got the job done. I could "roll" with whatever situation presented itself and help the client to do the same. I was beginning to observe something I couldn't quite put my finger on, though. I observed with openness and took mental notes. I knew I had my own way of organizing spaces, but it wasn't fitting some of my clients. I also knew instinctively and from an educational standpoint that imposing my methods on clients was counterproductive.
Then I listened to a CD from the National Association of Professional Organizer's Conference and discovered something truly awesome. We all have different organizing personalities! Lanna Nakone wrote "Organizing For Brain Type" which describes four distinct organizing personalities. Voila! It changed how I saw my clients because now I had a name for what I was sensing and observing. I was also able to share the information with my clients which shifted their whole approach and attitude around organizing.
I do not generally like to put labels on people. I find that labels can be very limiting. As a coach I guide my clients toward connecting with the unlimited possibilities in life. These four personality types, however, are not so much labels as guides in opening up a disorganized person to a deeper understanding of themselves and their own rhythms. You can read more about them in detail in the book. Here are the four that Nakone writes about:
Maintainers—a place for everything and everything in its place, predictable, follow the rules
Harmonizers—connectors, collectors, spontaneous and creative
Innovators—unpredictable, inventive, visionaries, insightful, scattered
Prioritizers—perfectionistic, task masters, want to win, no problem throwing things out
Which personality are you? Maybe you're a combination of a couple of them. Can you see how this could change how you organize and how you interact with the different organizing personalities you live with? It is so important to respect the differences of all the people in our lives and in the world. These four categories of organizing personalities are a great start to knowing yourself and others on a deeper level and being able to jump into your projects with more energy.
Love To You,

posted on: 3/19/2009 12:00:00 PM by Maggie McCauley
category: The Mental Side

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The Nature of Being Organized

by Maggie McCauley

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Maggie McCauley, ACC, LICSW, The Effortless Organizing Coach, is the president of "A New View". She takes a holistic approach to organizing coaching her clients to create new habits that promote overall well-being, a sense of freedom and peace of mind.

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My Favorite Books

  • The Success Principles by Jack Canfield
  • It's Hard To Make A Difference When You Can't Find Your Keys by Marilyn Paul
  • Organize With Confidence by Elizabeth Hagen
  • The Secret Of Letting Go by Guy Finley
  • Life Is Short--Wear Your Party Pants by Loretta La Roche
  • The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
  • The Seven Whispers by Christina Baldwin
  • Loving What Is by Byron Katie
  • Making A Change For Good by Cheri Huber
  • "Happiness Now!" by Robert Holden, PhD.

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