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Time Awareness

At United Parcel Service (UPS) the drivers are taught that the most efficient way to arrive at their destination is to only make right turns. All their routes are charted out with right-hand turns only. This keeps the drivers away from excessive traffic lights and long turn lanes. They save fuel and time worth millions of dollars per year. Efficiency is something chronically disorganized (CD) people crave. Top on their list is simply finishing what they set out to do. Trouble is they set themselves up for failure by making what they set out to do enough for five people. The reason: perhaps people who are chronically disorganized experience time differently than you and I do. My internal clock is pretty in sync with clock time. I don't need a watch to know that an hour has passed, for instance. CD people can experience 60 minutes as anywhere between 45 and 80 minutes. How do I know? I've measured it. When we work together I'll ask them to tell me when they think an hour has passed and then I look at my watch and they're a good 20 minutes off one way of the other. I'd love to hear your views on time awareness at .The book Conquering Chronic Disorganization (2nd Edition) has some good time awareness/time management material. I'm proud that it is a recommended text of the certification program for all organizers. You can learn more certificate programs at www.nsgcd.org/certification/overview.php and www.certifiedprofessionalorganizers.org. Certification books are on sale now at www.squallpress.net. Coaches and organizers who work with ADD folks have long been aware that time is not experienced the same for all of us. I heard all about it at the Oct. 20, 2007 ADDA conference from Daniel Pruitt, an ADD coach with the ADD Coach Association. Check out Daniel's special take on time management at www.teamparkairecoaching.com/071107_PruittTimeManagement.pdf.

posted on: 11/24/2007 11:00:00 AM by Judith Kolberg
category: Organizing Challenges

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FileHeads Professional Organizers founded in 1989, is a business-to-business professional organizing firm providing time management , office organizing, and productivity consulting. Company-wide training, keynote speaking, and custom teleclasses are available as well as individual organizing sessions. Chief organizer, Judith Kolberg, is an award-winning professional organizer, international author and speaker. FileHeads is regarded as one of the nation's foremost authorities on the special organizing needs of chronically disorganized and AD/HD individuals.

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