Organize 365 Podcast: Home organization |Paper management | Productivity | Professional Organizer Lisa Woodruff | Sunday Basket

In the last 4 podcasts I shared how the executive functioning part of the brain affects home organization. Today I want to share 5 general tips for achieving home organization success if you have ADHD.

  1. Simplify EVERY area of your home EXCEPT for your passions.
  2. Box up past projects and put them in storage. {Keep them, but not in your work space.}
  3. Clean up your craft/ project area every 1-3 weeks. 
  4. Maintain and straighten you home every 2-3 days.
  5. Reflect on what IS and is NOT working often.

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Link to Alpha Brain:

Direct download: Org365-098-2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

How ADHD affects the executive functioning skills of planning, prioritization and organization of materials.

What is planning & prioritization?

Planning is the ability to manage current and future- oriented task demands. It is understanding how long it will take you to do different tasks and what order to do them in.

What is organization of materials?

Organization of materials is the ability to impose order on work, play, and storage spaces. This is what you think of when people say they want to "organize something", but organization of material is more about being able to FIND things and not lose things that putting them in cute containers!

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Link to Alpha Brain:

Direct download: Org365-097-2.mp3
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In this post, I will be sharing how ADHD affects the executive functioning skills of self monitoring and task initiation.

In other words, I am definitively answering the question...

How do I get started?!

OK, this is a biggie. There are quite a few reasons why you have trouble with task initiation. If this is a struggle for you, the podcast goes into a bunch of examples I couldn't possibly type out here.

First, task initiation is the combination of knowing how to start and sustaining your focus to finish a task. 

Honestly, if this is your struggle you may like my blog and podcast, but you still can't START. I know, SO frustrating! My words make sense, but you aren't making progress. WHY?!

It is because now you have TOO MUCH information. I hear all the time about how my podcasts and posts are changing people's mindset about getting organized. They have even had SOME successes, but they just can't get started.

If this is you... you need information AS you need it, not all at once.

This is why the Mastermind Community is working so well. I am making adjustments to this program for the relaunch in August just for you.

You can read the rest of the post and download one week of the Mastermind Checklists here:

Are you frustrated you need to wait until August to join the Mastermind Community?

My Get ALL Your Papers Organized in ONE Weekend Kit is designed the same way, but focuses on getting your paper organized. You can read all about it here.

Link to Alpha Brain:

Direct download: Org365-096.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00am EDT


In this post, I will be sharing how ADHD affects the executive functioning skills of flexible thinking and working memory.

What is flexible thinking?

Flexible thinking is the ability to move freely from one situation to another and to think flexibly in order to respond appropriately to the situation.

In other words... go with the flow.

Flexible thinking is impacted by the diagnosis of ADHD and anxiety. In both cases, it is my experience that the rigid "my way or the highway" response to change is a reaction to loss of control.

What is working memory?

Working memory is the capacity to hold information in mind for the purpose of completing a task.

Multi-tasking. :) No, not really, but kinda.

Research has shown that no one can multi-task. What multi-taskers do is rapidly switch from one task to another.

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Link to Alpha Brain:

Direct download: Org365-095.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

In my roles as a teacher, mother, and professional organizer, I have created solutions and strategies for people who have been diagnosed with ADHD to live a more organized life. With 20 years of hands-on experience and relentless research, I am ready to share with you what I have learned and what may help you and your loved ones achieve more organization in your daily life, too.

Today is the start of a 4 week series. Each post in this series will also have an accompanying podcast where I will share real life stories and expound on the points made in this post.

I'm going to be honest. Writing and recording these podcasts makes me nervous. I am not an ADHD expert. I am not a psychologist, psychiatrist, or doctor. But I am willing to share with you what I have learned so you can do your own research and try what has worked for my clients and see if it works for you.

Honestly, I think that not knowing where to start and how to stay motivated is the number one reason we are all not more organized. But to really unpack that, I need to explain why the brain works the way it does and all the outside factors working AGAINST you getting your house organized.

Hint – It’s not your spouse or your kids.

My experience and research has shown that ADHD, as it relates to organization, affects the 8 executive functioning processes in the brain.

Today’s post and podcast discusses the general diagnosis of ADHD, how it is related to anxiety, depression, learning disabilities, and perfectionism.

In the next 3 posts/podcasts, I will unpack the specific symptoms of ADHD and how to overcome them!

View the post and podcast here:

Link to Alpha Brain:

Direct download: Org365-094.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT