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  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (7 Nov. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1583913580
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583913581
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 1.6 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 218,725 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Judith Kolberg is a Professional Organizer in Atlanta, Georgia and the founder of the National Study Group on Chronic Disorganization.

Kathleen Nadeau, Ph.D. is a Clinical Psychologist and the Director of Chesapeake Psychological Service in Bethesda, Maryland.

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 19 Oct. 2002
Format: Paperback
It's about time a book specifically about ADD and organizing was written. This book was well worth the wait!
I was pleasantly surprised that the size of the book is larger than many other ADD books and so is the Print itself.
The set up of the book is VERY "ADD Friendly". Main ideas are bulleted and highlighted. There are also review sections at end of each chapter. There are some very useful charts and even some a few pictures of specific organizing tools.
The ideas and suggestion given in this book may be be very helpful to people with ADD. There are some great suggestion that seem too easy to help but as somebody who has used many of them, they do help
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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Luff TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 July 2008
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I'm writing the review having read up to chapter 13 of 20. This is a large, well-laid out book. The paragraphs are clearly labeled and there is a clear summary at the end of each chapter.
There is so much great stuff in this book that it's hard to pick which examples to give in this review.

I'll start with "ant's view". Also known as hyper-focus. This is when you are so into a project or form of attention that everything else is barely seen. This can extend over months or years depending on the subject.

For instance, I only recently self-diagnosed myself of ADD about 4 weeks ago. This was my third book on the subject(I've nearly hyper-focused on ADD-books now as I'm on my 6th one at the moment). Up until I realised I most likely have ADD, I was searching furiously to 'overcome' my quirky and patchy ability to focus consistently. Many, many books have been stuck under my nose trying to find that 'magic moment' where I get the 'aha' to this self-destructive set of traits.

Extremely frustrating is watching myself get all pumped up and going strong only to lose focus completely after 3 weeks or less. All the self-help books(on getting things done; organisation; developing good habits etc) out there are next to useless to someone who's unaware they have ADD or ADHD(more unlikely to not know). What happens is one goes right back into the ADD traits and all is back to square one.

Everyone can suffer from Distraction but ADDers REALLY suffer from it. If I take myself as an example, I have been going well into a project, almost there to completion, then a mini crisis arises from somewhere and I lose all momentum sometimes up to 4-6 weeks!!

Staying still with hyper-focus. One can then take the new crisis and hyper-focus on it.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Deborah C on 31 Dec. 2010
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As yet undiagnosed, I have all of the symptoms of Inattentive Type ADHD. I have spent my entire life desperately trying to get organised, trying multiple solutions, none of which have worked. In theory I know how to organise - I can see the end result - but suffer terribly from Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind. Once something is tidied away, I forget all about it - bills and paperwork are the bane of my life. And because I like things tidy and minimalistic, I end up generating so much stress over not knowing what I have hidden away that I need to deal with.
Everyone who has ADHD is different. What I love about this book is that the authors cater for a variety of different issues around organising - whether you love to create piles, or repeatedly walk out of the door forgetting the letter that you needed to post two weeks ago, or have to have everything on display in order to remember where it is (and drive your nearest and dearest crazy in the process). The 'issue' that you may have is clearly defined at the start of each section, so you can easily skip sections if that does not apply to you. They also outline things that you can put in place yourself, in addition to tasks that involve friends and family members, and professional organisers.
The solutions are motivating, friendly and as fun as they can be for those trapped in the chaos of modern living!
I showed the book to a friend who I suspect is also ADHD in his own way, and he couldn't put it down.
I will be reading and re-reading this book for many months to come - finally, someone who speaks my language.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By C. Worthington on 20 Mar. 2008
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My teenage daughter and I both have ADHD so our lives get a bit chaotic at times. Lots of the information about ADHD / ADD can be quite negative or patronising. This book gave practical ideas, case studies and also explained the background to some of our more frustrating organisational habits. Well worth the money.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By J. West on 5 Oct. 2009
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This is the 5th copy of "ADD -friendly ways to organise your life" that I have bought, and my single most recommended book. Apart from the fact that it works, it has been written with ADD people in mind, both with respect to print size and layout. (Remember that many people with ADD have some level of dyslexia.) It has been written for the USER, not the advisor. It is a book to keep and dip into whenever you come across an organisational problem.
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