Work Life Organization

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Sarah's Update

Simple Life Workshops Anyone?


This month I have been focusing on workshops. I have been asked by several organizations to provide their staff with my Simple Life Time Management workshop. I also created a brand new workshop that utilizes the Meyer-Briggs Type Indicator and how to understand the interaction of different types within a team.

I am honored that the Society of Women Engineers asked me to be the Lead Leadership Coach for the Southeastern Region. I will get to work with some amazing fellow Leadership Coaches as well as helping local SWE Sections thrive. It is definitely a win-win for everyone!

Do you know of a professional organization that is looking for an engaging and dynamic speaker? I have workshops that cover a wide range of topics from Time Management to Taming the Paper Tiger. Have them contact me at: to schedule their own Simple Life Workshop!

Organization Tips

Organization Styles


Have you ever felt that unless your desk was picture perfect, that you were a failure at organization? The good news is that there is no one "perfect" way to be organized. You may be disorganized because you are trying to follow a system that does not match how your brain functions.

So to help you better understand yourself, how your brain works and what organization system would work best for you, I am sharing some tips from "Organizing For Your Brain Type" By Lanna Nakone.

How Your Brain Functions

  • Your brain processes information primarily in the cerebral cortex.
  • The Left half is logical and the Right half is creative.
  • The Frontal half is big picture and the Posterior half is detail oriented.
  • These halves overlap and combine to make four specialized areas for processing information.
  • You use all four areas, but you have a preference for one area over the others.

Brain Areas and Your Organization Style

  • Left Frontal - If you like to set and achieve goals, but like to delegate tasks to others, then you have the Prioritizing Style.
  • Right Frontal - If you like to envision the future and make changes, but have a unique stacking system only you can understand, then you have the Innovating Style.
  • Left Posterior - If you like to develop and follow routines and enjoy most traditional organizing systems, then you have the Maintaining Style.
  • Right Posterior - If you like develop harmony and connectedness with others and want to keep the environment peaceful, then you have the Harmonizing Style.

Prioritizing Style

  • You tend to manage time and money effectively.
  • When you delegate, be careful to pay attention to the feelings of others.
  • You prefer tools and gadgets for a calendar.
  • Set-up your filing system by subject, then date, then alphabetically.

Innovating Style

  • When you do decide to get organized you can be hyperfocused, work quickly and see the big picture.
  • Unfortunately, you tend to be a sporadic organizer and can be easily distracted.
  • Set-up your calendar so you can see the whole month at once. Post-its are ok so you can move them as needed.
  • Use a stacking system on current projects only. Then when done, file it by project or discard.

Maintaining Style

  • You prefer to label, file and retrieve information quickly.
  • It is a challenge for you to handle being interrupted constantly or to be artistically creative.
  • You prefer a calendar that shows daily/weekly and uses 15 minute increments.
  • File information alphabetically and periodically purge on a set schedule.

Harmonizing Style

  • Create a soothing, nurturing environment whenever possible.
  • Don't let "cute" things clutter your desk. You may have a hard time letting them go later.
  • Your calendar needs to be big and color coded so you cannot miss it.
  • Files again need to color coded and filed by alphabetical or category headings.

If you have any questions about these organization styles, please do not hesitate to contact me

About Sarah

Sarah Kirkish

Sarah Kirkish is a Certified Life Coach and Professional Organizer with over 18 years of corporate project management experience. She understands the needs of both business and technical professionals with her background in engineering and business. Sarah brings a straightforward approach to hold her clients accountable, keep them focused and guide them to measurable success towards their personal goals.

I conduct organizational coaching by phone or in person. My goal is to help busy professionals simplify their lives from the inside out. The solution is usually somewhere in between, let's find it together!
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