The second organizing style I’ll talk about from Lanna Nakone’s Organizing for Your Brain Type is called the prioritizing style. Both this, and the mainingtaining styles are considered “left-brain” styles. The prioritizing styles correlate to the left frontal lobe which helps us achieve goals.
Prioritizing Style is characterized by action-orientation. Prioritizers often enjoy making decisions and being in charge. Often an entrepreneur, or leader. Future-oriented, sometimes competitive. Likes to have clutter-free environment, highly efficient, up on latest gadgets, when done with a project – easily says “out with the old, on with the new”.
One of the lawyers I worked with in the corporate law offices epitomized the prioritizing style. Highly efficient, he’d start is day and have a clear, detailed outline of what he was going to accomplish that day. He’d arrive early to get a head start on the day, and rarely stay late. His appointments and contacts all held on his Blackberry – back when a Blackberry was a novel devise. At the end of the day, not a single paper could be found on his desk. The paralegals and I would sometimes gaze in wondering how he could keep such a pristine environment day in and out.
The next two styles, right-brain styles, may be the one’s you identify with. They are certainly more like me —and most of my organizing clients.