Another great organizing book is Organizing for the Creative Person (Crown) by Dorothy Lehmkuhl and Dolores Cotter Lamping. Alongside their insightful text, the authors add quizzes, exercises, cartoons, and illustrations, furthering the interactivity and visual learning style of their creative readers.
One of the most useful tools is their 12-question quiz to determine if the reader is right-brained-dominant (R.B. or "Arbie") or left-brain-dominant (L.B. or "Elbie"). Nobel Prize winner Dr. Roger W. Sperry’s studies of the brain found that most people naturally depend more on one hemisphere of the brain than the other. The left hemisphere thinks in sequential order, handling logic, language, and time orientation. The right hemisphere deals with nonverbal, abstract, and holistic thoughts. Elbies may be predisposed towards linear thought and compartmentalizing, making them natural organizers, while Arbies may have trouble keeping organized.
The book begins by asking the reader to identify his/her goals. After Arbies identify goals and roadblocks, it’s just a matter of coming up with systems and learning skills that work for them.
copyright Sara Long 2009