Getting to Know The Master Organizer: Your Two-sided Brain


There is no cookie cutter design to organizing. Clearly, there are no two people alike and so there cannot be only one way to organize.  Everybody has their own preferred learning styles and processing modalities.  Let’s enter the Left and Right brain. We know that Right-brained people are creative, intuitive, emotional,  kinesthetic, and are usually visually oriented.  A Left-brain-er is more structured, cognitive, logical, precise, analytical, neat, and punctual.

For me, I switch back and forth depending on the task. In my workspace, I am very Right-brained. I like to keep most of my current files or notes out in the open and visible.  If I file them away or put them in a drawer,  I fear they will be forgettable, almost invisible to me.  And yet, at the end of the day, I still like to clear my desk and organize for the following day.  I can’t have papers scattered all over the place.  Very Left-brain.  But to ensure that things don’t get buried, I still feel compelled to leave some notes and files out on my desk.  Very Right-brain.

At home, I like to consider myself as the straighten up-er.  I love to put things away in their place, roaming around the house picking up random things and replacing back where they belong. Works for me, it’s my natural style to be neat and organized.   At yet, in other areas of my life, I’m back to Right-brain thinking. When it comes to putting things together, I rarely look at directions; I learn by doing, I’m kinesthetic.  I’m emotional and random, and sometimes I get so entrenched in what I’m doing, I lose all track of time.

We all have our own unique approaches of doing things and we must pay attention to how we learn, and how we function best. We should not have to adapt to any particular system to be a perfectly organized person.  You can’t fit a square peg into a circle. Whether you’re a visual, auditory, verbal, tactile, cognitive, kinesthetic, or someone who struggles with ADD, be aware that the brain is complex and completely individualized in terms of how it functions. In order to be a better YOU,  just be mindful of your strengths and allow them to work for you.

Do you SEE what I’m trying to say, or do you HEAR what I’m trying to say? What is your preferred style of thinking?  Are you a righty or a lefty?  I’d love to hear from you.