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Dogs and Your Ability to Get Organized

I LOVE DOGS. And, I look for any excuse to talk or write about them. To that end I found myself wondering whether there was anything that dogs could teach us about getting and staying organized. This is what I came up with.

  1. Self-discipline is necessary in order to take action to get and stay organized. Dog breeds have different levels of ability to be obedient (self-disciplined). So do people.
    • beagle-166873_640Huskies and Beagles are difficult to train and not very obedient. Poodles and Shetland Sheep Dogs, however, are much easier to train.
    • Brain wiring and personality result in some people being driven, Type A achievers who get things done, and some people being couch potatoes who procrastinate and have difficulty completing tasks.

2.  Focus is required to be able to sustain attention and effort to clear clutter, get organized, and stay organized. Dog breeds differ in their ability to focus. So do people.

The Border Collie stare.

The Border Collie stare.

    • The Border Collie is an intense, highly driven breed with a superb ability to focus on his owner. The Border Collie stare is visual evidence of that. It is far more difficult to get the attention of more relaxed, less driven breeds like Shih Tzus and Golden Retrievers.
    • Some people can sustain focus easily. People with ADHD and other brain-based disorders like anxiety and depression, however, can have great difficulty sustaining focus.

3.  Not all dogs are motivated by the same thing. Not all people are motivated by        the same thing.

    • labrador-1114810_640Some dogs are motivated by food (e.g. Beagles). Others by attention. Some by toys, balls, and play (e. g. Terriers, Labrador Retrievers).
    • Some people are motivated to get and stay organized because they have a high need for order. Others need to look good to outsiders. Still others are motivated because being organized makes life easier.

4.  Dogs have differing levels of energy. People also have differing energy levels.

    • dog-719630_640Terriers are high energy dogs, whereas Mastiffs and Greyhounds are not.
    • Some people are always moving, enjoy being productive, and can keep going for long periods of time. Others are more laid back, slow to get into action, move at a slower pace, and exhaust their energy more quickly.

Why compare dog behavior to people? It’s a fun way to make the point that in terms of our abilities to be self-disciplined, focused, motivated and have energy available to get and stay organized, we are all different.

Differences are normal, not something to hide or feel bad about. Once you identify your “normal” in terms of self-discipline, focus, motivation and energy level, you can better understand any challenges you have with getting and staying organized. And, you can better justify getting help to handle your organizing challenges with less guilt.

Just as dog breeds are different, so too are people. Accept who you are and your abilities, and make getting and staying organized happen!

What Is an ADHD Organizer Coach?

People with ADHD function best when they get support from others who understand

An ADHD organizer coach can coach by phone and work in clients' homes to help get organizing done.

An ADHD organizer coach can coach by phone and work in clients’ homes to help get organizing done.

the nature of ADHD. An ADHD coach can provide that support. ADHD coaching helps people with ADHD manage their symptoms and discover ways to lead more organized, productive, intentional and fulfilling lives.

There are currently two good coaching options for people with ADHD: an ADHD coach or an ADHD organizer coach. An ADHD coach is a trained coach who has chosen to specialize in coaching people with ADHD. An ADHD organizer coach is both a professional organizer and a coach. ADHD organizer coaches are typically trained both in coaching and in working with ADHD coaching clients.

Disorganization is a common ADHD challenge that causes problems in many areas of life. What sets the ADHD organizer coach apart from the ADHD coach is that she/he is qualified to address a client’s organizing challenges as well as other common ADHD challenges like time management, emotion regulation, getting things done, consistent followthrough, making decisions, impulsivity, memory problems, relationship challenges, etc.

Because an organizer coach is required to have hands-on organizing experience in order to become a Certified Organizer Coach® (COC), and a majority of people who seek the services of professional organizers have ADHD, those who become COCs have undoubtedly logged  many hours working side by side with people who have ADHD. That gives them first hand knowledge of the way ADHD typically shows up, not only in organizing issues, but also in time and task management challenges. They also come to coaching with experience and knowledge about what works to help people with ADHD clear clutter and set up and maintain organizing systems that work for them.

Getting things done, initiating action and sustaining action to completion is difficult for people with ADHD, particularly if tasks are overwhelming, boring or repetitious. Clearing clutter and getting organized can be both overwhelming and boring. Unlike the ADHD coach, an ADHD organizer coach can work with clients not only over the phone, but in a home or office setting. When it appears that clutter and organizing issues are impeding client progress, an ADHD organizer coach can work side by side with clients to clear clutter, set up organizing systems, and get organizing done.

If you have ADHD and have clutter and organizing challenges, an ADHD organizer coach can help you with both challenges. I am an ADHD organizer coach. Email to schedule a free 30 minute phone consultation to explore the option of ADHD coaching to make your life more manageable.