This week we’re reposting a podcast interview with Liana George, the owner of By George Organizing Solutions. She helps her clients bring order, peace and balance to their homes and lives. Liana is also a writer, teacher and speaker on a variety of organizing topics. As we start 2017, many folks resolve to get organized. The information Liana shares can help you get organized in a way that works for you.
Liana shared some thoughts and the organizational style by brain type from Lanna Nakone’s book, Organizing for Your Brain Type. The four Brain Types are:
- Maintainer – orderly, likes structure and details, lists, schedules and predictability
- Harmonizer – sociable, like space covered with reminders of people – pictures, collectibles
- Prioritizer – very good at time management, goal and results driven, they design their space to support their goals.
- Innovator – creative, spontaneous, don’t like structure or rules, free spirits, like things out, open so they can see them. Hooks and clear containers work well for them.
Liana’s wisdom as we talked about each type is, “Quit fighting your type and work with who you are. You’ll keep it up if you work with who you are.”
The Faith Connection
Liana says, “God is a God of order. All God does has order to it. We are built with an innate need for order. It doesn’t say in the Bible, “You shalt be orderly.” Rather, I find gems and examples of being orderly. In Ecclesiastes, “There’s a time for gathering and a time for letting go.” Exodus 16 is full of great lessons for trusting God for our needs and having more than enough. That’s part of orderly living.”
When we’re so bogged down with stuff, we can’t do what God calls us to do. The stuff gets in the way.
4 Keys to Bring Order to a Leader’s Work Life
Liana shared these four keys to help leaders best organize for their role as a leader:
- Make a To Do List – Prioritize 3-5 things each day for getting work done.
- Delegate – Don’t just tell, but show.
- Organize Your Work Space – It’s hard to work and think in a cluttered, chaotic space.
- Have an Organized Home – This is a support to get to work on time and in a positive frame of mind.
To hear more of Liana’s tips and experiences as an organizer, listen to the podcast here.
If you’d like to read the interview, click here for a transcript.
Liana recommended the following books to support your organizing process.
Organizing for Your Brain Type by Lanna Nakone
Every Child has a Thinking Style by Lanna Nakone
Organizing from the Inside Out by Julie Morgenstern
Organizing from the Right Side of the Brain by Lee Silber
You can reach Liana through her website: bygeorgeorganizing.com. There you’ll find her blog, as well as classes and her 180 Challenge – a decluttering challenge where you receive a weekly email to help you focus on decluttering over a 40 week period.
If you’re like me, these strategies from Liana bring you hope. Let’s start the year by getting organized in the way that works for you!