The way you sit at your desk and work, go about completing chores around the house or manage your schedule could say a lot about you. The key to organizing your work and life in general is more successful when you work with your personality rather than trying to fit into some “ideal” mold.
By now you have heard about people’s tendencies to fall into either the left-brained or right-brained camp when it comes to how you think. Deb Schwartz, in this article (Left-Brained vs. Right-Brained: Organizing for Your Personality) for Real Simple magazine, sums up the personalities like this:
- Right-brain types are visually oriented. They tend to think in images rather than words, focus on the big picture rather than the details, and go through life in a somewhat seat-of-the-pants (a.k.a. scattered) way.
- Left-brainers are those who think in words (attention, list makers!), do a lot of advance planning, and approach challenges in a rational, linear way.
Unsure of where you fall? Take this quick quiz to find out. Read below the quiz to get specific organizing tips for your brain type!
If you’ve read our blog, Going With the Flow or Paddling in Circles, you understand the idea of creating systems that take you along down the path versus going nowhere. Working with your left or right side brain tendencies instead of fighting them can help you find more success in maintaining order at work and at home.
What about your office space? Do you like to be surrounded by more color? Do you work better with your papers in hanging files and your desk clear? Do you want to increase your productivity?
If so, set up systems and organize your work space. Read Smead’s article The Right-Brained Office vs. the Left-Brained Office to learn a few ideas to organize your office to fit your brain type!
What is one change you will make when organizing to fit your brain type?