ADHD or Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common neurobiological condition. The in-ability to focus and to complete tasks is one of the ways it manifests. As a professional organizer, I help individuals de-clutter their homes and offices and organize their spaces with new systems.
In addition, I am co-hosting a support group for parents with children with ADHD. Each month, for the past two years, we bring professionals to the group who can speak on ADHD and provide useful information to help their children manage ADHD challenges. Parents learn form each other, gain useful knowledge and find new resources from visiting professionals.
Some common symptoms and problems of living with ADHD include:
- Poor attention; excessive distractibility
- Physical restlessness or hyperactivity
- Excessive impulsivity; saying or doing things without thinking
- Excessive and chronic procrastination
- Difficulty getting started on tasks
- Difficulty completing tasks
- Frequently losing things
- Poor organization, planning, and time management skills
- Excessive forgetfulness
If you think you have ADHD seek out a qualified mental health care professional to diagnose you properly. They will correctly guide you to resources and provide helpful strategies to help you manage your symptoms. Psychologist suggest these helpful strategies for people ADHD.
#1. Create solid daily routines.
#2. Don’t overwork yourself and create downtime.
#3. Create a calm and harmonious living or working space.
#4. De-clutter and organize you environment.
#5. – Participate in a support group
Click on these links for the CHAAD website:
Disorganization causes stress, lack of focus, missed appointments, but are you also causing physical pain the way you are working at your desk?
When we research the words Ergonomics and Ergonomic we discover the dictionary description.
ergonomics er·go·nom·ics: n. The applied science of equipment design, as for the workplace, intended to maximize productivity by reducing operator fatigue and discomfort.
ergonomic: adjective 1. of or relating to ergonomics 2. designed to minimize physical effort and discomfort, and hence maximize efficiency.
What does this mean for you in your every day working life? why is it important to consider its affects on you? Creating an ergonomic healthy environment will help you stay healthy, save energy and become more focused and productive.
Poor ergonomics leads to frustrated and fatigued workers that don’t do their best work. To prevent injury, we often read in health articles or listen to our Chiropractor telling us to sit up straight especially when working at your desk more then 8 hours a day. Moving away from your desk and excercising to help circulate blood flow are also helpful techiniques to prevent carpel tunnel syndrome and other musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs).
“Adapting tasks, work stations, tools, and equipment to fit the worker can help reduce physical stress on a worker’s body and eliminate many potentially serious, disabling work- related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs).”
How does it work?
- Ergonomics improves productivity. The best ergonomic solutions will often improve productivity by designing a job to allow for good posture, and less exertion.
- Returning to a natural state of health. With less attention to any physical pain, attention gets redirected on the task at hand and productivity.
Clients working with us receive 10% off at the “Relax The Back” Store in Chicago. Contact us to help you set up your office.
“Letting go” for any reason can be easy for some and not so easy for others. When it comes to organizing it could be the one thing that is holding you back from feeling more harmony in your home or be more productive in your work.
I encourage a person to let go of only those items in their space that they no longer need, love or find useful in their lives.
People sometimes hold on only because they don’t know what to do with their “stuff” and feel guilt or feel irresponsible if they throw them out of their lives. If you find this being true for you and acknowledge you don’t need, like, love something you own and don’t know what to do with “your stuff”, then we encourage you to donate, and recycle responsibly. Don’t allow not knowing what to do with something to hold you back from creating the space you need for future goals. Letting go can make you feel empowered. Visit our list of useful resources to call and arrange a pick up of your de-cluttered donations.
The Song from Disney Pixar films is an encouraging song. Its motivating to own up to who you are and what you possess. Not be fearful. Inspiring you to take action and create a better place for yourself.
Has it ever happened to you that you couldn’t find something you use, whether at home or at work? Have you spent numerous hours looking for something you needed? Do you find yourself thinking …”you swear you knew where you left it last”? Or Do you discover your stuff in odd places? Living in a home with other people can cause aggravation even if only for organizational reasons.
We recently saw the movie “Enough Said” starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, James Gandolfini. Its a sweet movie (RIP Gandolfini). But that is another blog posting. For now I want to point out a part In this movie that sparked a thought. There is a scene at the end of the film where the couples are having dinner together at a friend’s home. A maid is working in the kitchen. The hostess (played by Toni Collette) finds a softball inside the kitchen drawer where the utensil are kept. What? Yea, everyone is asking what is it doing there? A conflict develops between the hostess and the maid. The woman is accusing the maid of not doing her job properly. Long story short, the maid gets fired. Only to find out later, that the friend (played by Juila Louis-Dreyfus) admits she put the softball in the drawer. Whoopsy! awkward!!
Here the friend (Collette) comes down to the wrong conclusion and wrongfully fires the maid. People often find themselves feeling so sure of themselves in occasions like this that they forget to analyze the circumstances.
Trailer for movie “Enough Said”
First of all, its important to admit that the lost items are causing a problem. Frustration is felt by everyone. There is no clear sense of organization nor system in the home. There is no communication between the people occupying the home either. This usually happens when you are in the most need of the item or when you are in an absolute hurry and can’t afford the time to look for it. So, instead of blaming the maid or wrongfully accusing a spouse or child for taking it or not putting it away properly, try finding a reliable solution.
Having a system for your home is vital to keeping harmony. If you are scattered in your home then it is very likely you can’t find what you need when you need it. Getting organized can start by clearing out the clutter, then by creating a system where things should go.
Once your system is in place and all you need to do is maintain it, we find that a good solution for all this drama is to have a designated space, shelf, or bin, where a person can go to when they don’t have time to put an “object” away. That bin can be a delegated chore for someone in the household (spouse, kids, maid) to distribute the collected items and return them to their designated places. Let it fill up, empty it out and then start all over again. If what you are looking for isn’t in its proper place then the next likely place should be that bin. Problem solved and time saved = happy home!
Visit our You Tube Channel to view some of our staged homes for sale. The realtors always appreciate a home that is de personalized and de-cluttered. It helps them accentuate the best features of a home.
In addition, we created a video with a slide show of some Before and After Pictures. We work on homes and offices alike.
We were asked to be the guest blogger for Zealous Good; a not-for-profit organization helping others to give and receive donations. They promoted spring cleaning and asked us for a few tips. We find that gaining control of the unruly paperwork is the top most difficult challenge our clients encounter so we shared our top ten tips.
“If you don’t have a system you’ll always have that overwhelming feeling that you can’t catch up. Take charge of that information overload because it won’t stop until you decide it stops.
1. First, back up your computer as many times as you can afford. Burn CD’s. Use www.carbonite.com or www.backblaze.com. Back up to an external hard drive.
2. Stop mail. Cancel catalogs, make a request at stopjunkmail.org, use the PaperKarma App to have them stop junkmail for you.
3. Reduce your mail. Have bills, bank statements & financial statements emailed to you instead of snail mail. Banks offer online bill paying services.
4. Don’t Print. Save documents as a .doc or .pdf files & keep in an labeled folder.
5. Take it to the cloud. A cloud is a service that holds your data online. Try dropbox or MS Live.
6. Make time to process your mail immediately separate documents from envelopes.
7. Recycle envelopes as soon as you open them.
8. Remove any shredding piles to either do yourself or take to locations that do this for you.
9. Bookmark it: Try Delicious, Diigo. Save your notes and lists in Evernote, or others like them.
10. Save pictures in Google’s Picassa, or Yahoo’s Flickr. Why not create a book of all your favorites to make as a keepsake.
Now that you will have all this unused extra paper and office supplies lying around, you will be able to create more space by donating your excess to charities. Zealous Good is a great way to give when your business only has these kinds of supplies to offer.
These simple tips are an example of a few online services that are not only time savers but are going to help you reduce your carbon footprint in your home. “
Are you feeling creative? or are you feeling more generous lately but don’t know why? Your organizing style can predict how creative you are likely to be or generous you may be with others. Check out this article researchers at the University ofMinnesota published in the Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. Tidy Desk or Messy Desk? Each Has Its Benefits – Association for Psychological Science.
Clean rooms led a person to be more charitble given the opportunity, while the people of messy rooms showed more innovation and creativity.
Do you find yourself having a creative day and simply having writers block? What is your style? and why do you think you work this way ?
As organizers we don’t try to change who you are, but are there to help enhance and accentuate the positive. It is important not to let disorganization and chaos prevent you from being the creative person you want to be, nor become a generous person when the opportunity arises. Preview our Before and After photos from our MOP Gallery to learn how others transistioned from a disorganized space to an orderly one.
Mercury Organizing Professionals: www.mop-ds.com
We repurposed the owners kitchen cabinets and used them for the office supplies and storage space.
The desks were inspired by a modern design we saw at a high end office space downtown Chicago.
Mercury Organizing Professionals sponsored the support group for parent’s of children with ADHD and participated at the Neighborhood Parent’s Network 2nd Annual Fair. An event that was dedicated to providing Chicago families, school options, service providers, and nonprofits in one place that focus on serving parents of children with developmental differences.
Our Meet-Up group in Chicago formed; December 2012, for parents of children with ADHD. This parent support group; not only shares personal experience but also schedules professionals to speak; providing resources and education on how to manage those challenges. For more information on this support group please contact their group’s organizer: Maggi Steib via this link.
Group meets 2nd Wednesday of each month at Flourish Studios: 3020 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60657- Tel: (773) 281-8140, Email: icanflourish.com