December 2, 2016
by Susan Hunsberger
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November Newsletter: The Move from Luxury to Accommodation

Background

Terry Matlen, writer, blogger, and ADHD consultant, recently wrote a blog post re-imagining the distinctions between a luxury vs. an accommodation.  I liked this idea so much that I decided to c359bfa2-7c05-4778-9b83-fc95b62a215cplay around with it a bit.

Accommodations for ADHD 

Having been a teacher before I became a professional organizer, I know that schools provide a variety of “accommodations” for students.  Some common ADHD accommodations include receiving more time for testing, sitting at the front of the class, or even walking around during a lecture.  We understand the particular challenges for ADHD students:  managing time, planning, prioritizing, getting started, shifting focus, and/or managing emotions.

To read more: Click on this link to access The Move from Luxury to Accommodation newsletter.

January 30, 2016
by Susan Hunsberger
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Newsletter January: A ‘Strategy Closet’ to Combat Brain Boredom

Background

My clients often get frustrated because a strategy that used to help them stay focused, get started, and/or remember tasks suddenly stops working.  Some people use timers, others like post-it notes and still others find that music puts them in the right frame of mind.  For an ADD brain, however, strategy boredom sets in, and the strategy, whatever it is, stops working.  This is a typical result of ADD brain boredom!

Addressing Brain Boredom

The key to addressing this boredom lies in developing a ‘strategy closet’ of ideas.  When a strategy stops working, go to your ‘strategy closet’ and choose another strategy.  And remember to put the boring strategy back on the shelf for future use. Boring strategies will not stay boring forever!

To read more: Click on this link to access the Organizing Tips: A ‘Strategy Closet’ to Combat Brain Boredom – January 2016 newsletter.

December 30, 2015
by Susan Hunsberger
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Newsletter December: Looking to 2016

Background

This is the time of year where we think about the past and look toward the future. I am excited to engage with inspiring colleagues on projects and ideas and to meet new people in the industry. I am looking forward to further deepening connections in the Ann Arbor community. For these reasons and others I am eagerly anticipating the Better Together Festival hosted by Sari Solden and team on Saturday, May 14, 2016 at Sharon Mills County Park in Manchester, Michigan.

To read more: Click on this link to access the Organizing Tips: Looking to 2016 – December 2015 newsletter.

August 30, 2015
by Susan Hunsberger
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Newsletter August: Vision vs. Logistics

Background

When we set off to organize, we may run into obstacles such as boredom, apathy or overwhelm. These roadblocks can arise when we struggle to balance our big organizing ideas with the rough and tumble logistics of getting them done. In any organizing project, however, both the visionary and the practical aspects are important!

Two Kinds of Images

 Envisioning the big picture fuels us with energy and motivation.  Some examples of big-picture questions from Karen Boutelle of Landmark College are, “What will having ____do for you? and What’s important to you about_____?”

To read more: Click on this link to access the Organizing Tips: Vision vs. Logistics – August 2015 newsletter.