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I use to think that stereotypical artists let themselves be messy because that's what is expected. They were being lazy. This bothered me because, as a fairly organized artist, it made me look bad by association. After reading Organizing for the Creative Person by Dorothy Lehmkuhl and Dolores Cotter Lamping C.S.W, I realized that I was totally wrong. Right brain dominant people, like artists, actually think differently from left brain dominant people who tend to be very analytical and logical.
What left brain people prefer in organizing:
- vertical (filing cabinets)
- hidden (drawers or closets with doors)
- complex systems
- linear (bullet points for brainstorming)
- formal (expensive looking furniture, like wooden bookshelves)
Preferences for Organizing for Creative People:
Creatives prefer horizontal organizing.
We also like things to be informal, like using 2x4s to hang up tools.
Creative people also like their things exposed,
so they don't forget about them (fear of out of sight, out of mind).
Plus we like things simplified by not having things in drawers for easier access.
Creative people prefer:
- horizontal (storing papers flat in open cubbies instead of using a traditional filing cabinet)
- exposed but quickly covered to hide visual clutter (secretaries desk)
- circular (mind mapping technique for brainstorming)
By analyzing thought patterns and learning to organize in a way that is natural for you, is how this book helps you to keep your home and office in order. This book also helps out left brain dominant people to understand how creative people think. By understanding each other, hopefully there will be less conflict.
On March 15th, at capitalistchicks.com there will be my first monthly column called "The Missing Link" between art and business. The first article is about the keys from this book called Organizing for the Creative. Drop by for some more insight into the creatives' brain and for practical organizing tips.