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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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By L. Dakin on 06-07-13

Practical tips for ADD minds

It's clear that these authors understand the ADD mind. Just in the first real chapter I've gotten my money's worth, and there's lots more to go.

Don't think that the first part of the book is really what the book reads like. That's a forward from someone else, but it's not clear at first. There's a bunch of intro stuff. Stick with it and you'll be happy.

Some people have mentioned that the narrator is poor and puts the emphasis on the wrong words, etc. Not true. While it's clear that she's reading and she could be more animated, it's just an accent that you're hearing, not bad reading. This accent works to her advantage, because it lets me visualize a friendly neighbor lady talking to me, not some doctor-type that can't relate.

I felt I had to put a review on here ASAP because a couple of the reviews almost made me not buy the audiobook, and when I looked at the kindle version, the intro parts made it look like a boring book.

Give this book a chance and you'll love it. This book comes highly recommended by the author of Driven to Distraction, and also now by me.

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By Sebastien on 10-24-12

Helpful and reassuring

Would you listen to ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life again? Why?

I am halway through the book and already I am going back and forth to re-read important passages. I am an adult who has just discovered that he has ADD (about eight weeks ago) and this book helps in the reorganization of my entire life in a way that finaly makes sense and at the same time reduces the anxiety resulting by this way of thinking and working by letting me know that I am not alone. Examples are numerous and relatable covering a great deal of ADD types and variations. The descriptions of everyday life situation and how others have live throught them to emerge more efficient in a way that makes alot more sense to them and to me than the one-size-fits-all, cookie-cutter way in which regular books about self-organizing tend to promote.So far, the techniques and approaches covered in the book are based on a "take what works for you" philosophy which takes out the stress inducing "it worked for everyone else, why not for me" way of doing things usual in other organization books. I've heard ADD described somewhere as being a beaver living in a world of Squirels. You Don't climb trees very well prefering to build a dam and create a pond. Your tails isn't fluffy in any way and you don't even like eating nuts. This work fits this description of the ADD life and it offers advice for beavers and not for squirels. The book plays to the strenghts of the ADD way of thinking and offers ways to go around the obstacles that can trip up the ADD-er in his or her quest to finally get organized and efficient.I would most certainly recommend the book to anyone who's had difficulty with organization in general and in particular to adults living with ADD.

What was one of the most memorable moments of ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life?

Description of the different ways in which ADD-ers go through life and how to surmount difficulties with ADD-friendly methods.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Lisa Reneé Pitts?

Maybe. I have read the reviews before buying this book and many people criticized the interpretation of Lisa Renée Pitts but I bought it anyway.Lets face it, this is a textbook, not a novel. I do not need nor expect a stellar performance by the narator, I need the information in the book I mean try to be entertaining while reading recipes in a cookbook. Also, after listening to a couple of samples from other books she narated in which the style of reading is completely different, I cannot help but think that the performance might have been purposefuly directed this way in order to keep ADD listeners from wandering off as some of us tend to do. This is just conjuncture and speculations of course, but it kind of makes sense.In any case, don't let the momments about the narator keep you from the valuable information in this book.

What did you learn from ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life that you would use in your daily life?

I will set up an external support system recruiting family and friends to help build and maintain a structure in my new ADD life.

Any additional comments?

Very useful book, worth the price or the credits.

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By Zoe on 06-10-14

useful and informative

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

if they were an adult with ADD yes I would recommend this book. I always suspected I had ADD from descriptions of how I functioned as a child. (I am now an Occupational Therapist and through the course of my training this confirmed my suspicions). Reading this book it struck me how many of these strategies I have already discovered and utilised to help me in my professional work and as a mother. In fact it made me realise how my symptoms had possibly even led me to my profession as I had to become an excellent problem solver. I had often wondered why no one else seemed to need these strategies to get things done and keep focused:-) Now I know why! Excellent, information packed book. A few people reported the reader's accent and slow reading style to be off-putting. Yes, it is strong, but actually I found it easier to stay focused and not be distracted by interesting fluctuations in her vocal presentation. For me it was a shock for the first 5 mins and then I got over it and got into the content. Later in the book there are some repetitions but that only served to confirm that I now knew what I was to do to problem solve my difficulties and new stuff came again soon. Great book. Clear lay out but yes this does make it longer than it needed to be...I couldnt have read it. Good job it was audible! If you don't have ADD perhaps it all seems trivial but this stuff can be hugely helpful for those of us who rely on strategies to hold it all together and function efficiently and effectively.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No - far too long. I made notes as I listened to help me focus. It passed the time beautifully on a 5 hour train ride.

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By T. Griffith on 07-07-14

A bit annoying

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Yes, it's nice to think there are people as chaotic as me out there..

What was one of the most memorable moments of ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life?

I am sorry to say it was the author "selling her services"... it seems to run.. "You're no good unless you get professional help lovie"

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Stopped implying that unless you had a professional organiser in your life you were done for..

Was ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life worth the listening time?

Yes.

Any additional comments?

I like to listen to books on a loudspeaker as I'm going off to sleep. I live in a block of flats where we all have the windows open at night for fresh air. Lisa Renee Pits' voice is quite strident and she kept repeating "The ADD friendly way to ... " The ADD.." and sort of shouting "The ADD"... (just the way it's spelt).. I was really afraid my neighbours would hear... ditto for some dieting audio books I've listened to recently...

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