Organize Your Mind, Organize Your Life: Train Your Brain to Get More Done in Less Time by Paul Hammerness, M.D. & Margaret Moore

Organize Your Mind, Organize Your Life: Train Your Brain to Get More Done in Less Time
Paul Hammerness, M.D. & Margaret Moore
Harlequin (2011)
ISBN 9780373892440
Reviewed by Leslie Granier for Reader Views (11/11)

In “Organize Your Mind, Organize Your Life,” Dr. Paul Hammerness and wellness coach Margaret Moore have teamed up to provide information on how properly using the brain’s organizational skills can help produce positive results toward reducing chaos, inefficiency, and negativity in daily life. They discuss what they refer to as the “Rules of Order” that a person must conquer to achieve success in leading a more satisfying and organized life. These six rules include: controlling emotions, sustaining attention, knowing when to move on to another task, molding information into ways it will be useful, shifting between tasks, and finally putting the previous fives rules together to complete the overall transformation.

Each chapter is comprised of two sections. First, Hammerness discusses the scientific aspects of the structure and function of the brain and how it is utilized in each of the different rules. Then Moore offers advice and examples of how to incorporate the rules into daily life. They do address medical issues such as ADHD and short-term memory problems, but their primary objective is to help people who have difficulty focusing on one thing for any length of time.

I was disappointed by some of the examples in the beginning of the book (such as always putting your car keys in the same place if you are constantly misplacing them) because they are common sense. However, as subsequent rules built upon the previous ones, the overall process of bringing about a change became more clear. While I find the science of the brain interesting, I think most people who choose to read this book are probably more concerned with obtaining concrete ways to achieve personal results through the coaching parts. There are some questions for thought and reflection scattered throughout the book, but I would have liked some specific activities listed at the end of each chapter for the reader to practice and incorporate into a daily routine.

“Organize Your Mind, Organize Your Life” is NOT a tool for organizing physical spaces such as a desk or study area. It will NOT teach you how to make lists or remember meetings and appointments. Rather, it is intended to help people achieve organization by teaching them how to use their mental abilities to gain order and eliminate chaos. The book will be beneficial to both teenagers and adults.

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