These are some of my favorite self-help resources. (I apologize that my book recommendations are becoming dated, as I now do most of my learning via other methods.)
- Don’t Delay, Dr. Timothy Pychyl’s blog with scholarly information about the psychology of procrastination, explained in a user friendly way.
- iProcrastinate, Dr. Timothy Pychyl’s podcasts.
- Tiny Habits, Dr. BJ Fogg’s website for habit change.
- A Life of Productivity, Chris Bailey’s site for sharing what he has learned about productivity.
- Get it Done When You’re Depressed, by Julie Fast and John D. Preston. A person living with bipolar disorder and a psychologist teamed up to offer 50 practical strategies for keeping life on track, while living with depression. Many of these strategies are applicable for a lack of motivation or energy, regardless of the reason.
- The Now Habit: A Strategic Program for Overcoming Procrastination and Enjoying Guilt-Free Play, by Neil Fiore. Practical help for short-circuiting the negative emotions that impede our productivity.
- Solving the Procrastination Puzzle: A Concise Guide to Strategies for Change, by Dr. Timothy Pychyl. Dr. Pychyl has compiled the latest psychological research on procrastination and translated it to practical application in our lives.
- One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way, by Robert Maurer. A quick read describing the Kaizen philosophy of how seemingly small steps can have a huge impact.
- The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business, by Charles Duhigg. In depth exploration of how we form new habits.
- Stop Organizing, Start Producing, by Casey Moore. Great resource for helping you figure out where to start when working to change productivity habits. Your answers may not be what you thought!
- ADDA (Attention Deficit Disorder Association) Support for adults with ADHD. Excellent teleseminars available to members, with occasional classes for the general public.
- CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) Education, resources, support, advocacy for those with ADHD.
- More Attention, Less Deficit blog, Dr. Ari Tuckman’s blog, with over 100 podcasts and lots of other great resources.
- ADDClasses.com, Excellent live teleseminars. Many are free and recordings are available at no charge for a short time period, and then archived in an audio library, which is accessible via paid subscription.
- Attention Talk Radio, Weekly podcasts offering information and support for ADHD.
There are many excellent books on ADHD. The authors I’m most familiar with are: Ari Tuckman; Edward M. Hallowell; Sari Solden; Russell A. Barklay, Thomas E. Brown, J. Russell Ramsay and Anthony Rostain.
Chronic Disorganization and Clutter
- Messies Anonymous, Sandra Felton’s website. Support options similar to FlyLady.net, but much calmer for those of us who are easily over-stimulated. Offers specific steps to get started and links to various Messies Anonymous Yahoo support groups, as well as lots of other good resources.
- Squalor Survivors, If you are feeling desperate or like nobody else could possibly understand, please visit this site. It was built by others who have been where you are. There are links to an excellent online support community. If you can’t find the links, email me and I will send them to you.
- Clutterers Anonymous, A 12-step program, similar to Alcoholics Anonymous. Information about local meetings and phone-in meetings.
- International OCD Foundation Hoarding Center, A comprehensive site for information on all aspects of hoarding, including causes, treatment, resources and research.
- Stopping Overshopping, Website of Dr. April Benson, who offers resources for compulsive buyers.
- Conquering Chronic Disorganization, by Judith Kolberg—Innovative approaches for those who don’t do well with conventional strategies.
- It’s Hard to Make a Difference When You Can’t Find Your Keys: The Seven-Step Path to Becoming Truly Organized, by Marilyn Paul—Not light reading, but truly profound.
- Making Peace with the Things in Your Life: Why Your Papers, Books, Clothes, and Other Possessions Keep Overwhelming You-and What to Do About It, by Cindy Glovinsky—Written by a professional organizer who is also a psychotherapist. A great read for those who are truly perplexed at why it’s so hard to manage their possessions.
- Winning the Clutter War, and Messie No More: Understanding and Overcoming the Roadblocks to Being Organized, by Sandra Felton—Felton is a reformed messy person who has written several books with practical, realistic help for those who are not naturally neat or organized. Although she doesn’t proselytize, some readers are surprised by Felton’s occasional references to her Christian faith.
- Buried in Treasures: Help for Compulsive Acquiring, Saving, and Hoarding, by David F. Tolin, Randy O. Frost and Gail Steketee—Excellent resource for anyone who wants to understand more about hoarding, written by leading researchers in the field, but with elegant simplicity and clarity. May also be used as a workbook.
- Digging Out: Helping Your Loved One Manage Clutter, Hoarding, and Compulsive Acquiring, by Michael Tompkins and Tamara Hartl—An excellent resource for those who are concerned about a loved one who hoards.
What resources have helped you gain insight about getting organized?
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