A Mindful Life:
A Spiritual Guide to Making Peace with Your Mind, Time, and Space

July 2017 — Ageloff Books

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Organizing for Your Brain TypeOrganizing for Your Brain Type:
Finding Your Own Solution to Managing Time, Paper, and Stuff

May 2005 — Griffin: St. Martin’s

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Praise for Organizing for Your Brain Type

“Organizing for Your Brain Type turns the task of managing your life into an enjoyable experience.”

Sheree-Lee Olson, required reading columnist,

“It’s a sign of the times. There are so many clutter-busting books out there, they’ve become part of the problem. In the past couple of months, half a dozen guides promising transformation-by-filing have crossed my desk, only to end up gathering dust along with the unanswered mail and unwashed Gladware. The shame!

I did try cracking one or two, but lines such as the following frightened me off: ‘Handle paper immediately. Take action, file or discard’ (from Unclutter Your Life by Katharine Gibson). I did what I always did, which is push the clutter books into a pile of stuff I might need some day. Then a new book landed. Organizing for Your Brain Type posits the sensible idea that different kinds of people need different kinds of systems.

According to the quiz at the beginning of the book, I’m an “innovating” type – as opposed to a ‘maintaining,’ ‘harmonizing’ or ‘prioritizing’ type. My lack of interest in filing cabinets, author Lanna Nakone says, is the fault of my creative, non-conformist right brain. She quotes Malcom Gladwell: ‘It isn’t a sign of disorganization, but rather a sign of complexity.’

Phew. I am spared from the label maker, but a bigger desk would help, since I need to be able to see everything. Maybe a ‘harmonizing’ friend could give me a hand. Oh right. There’s advice for the other three types, too. But I don’t have to read those bits.”

Deborah Bigelow, self-help columnist, Library Journal review for July 2005

NAKONE, LANNA. Organizing for Your Brain Type: Finding Your Own Solution to Managing Time, Paper, and Stuff.Griffin: St. Martin’s. 2005. c.224p. ISBN 0-312-33977-1. pap. $13.95. SELF-HELP In this useful guide, professional organizer Nakone maintains that organizing systems work best when tailored to one’s personality. A quiz at the beginning assigns readers to the maintaining, harmonizing, innovating, or prioritizing style. Nakone then describes the strengths and weaknesses of each type and matches a prescription for how that type can best manage time. For example, innovators see the big picture but put off handling life’s little details. Nakone recommends that this person schedule one hour a week to straightening up paperwork. Since organization seems to be a fairly common problem, this book should do well in most libraries.

Jim Brumm, editor, Napa Valley Life Magazine

“In Organizing for Your Brain Type, Lanna Cairns manages to take the task of organizing your life, a subject which seems dreary to many, and make it not only possible, but enjoyable as well. I laughed out loud; I cringed when I recognized my bad habits and then smiled when I discovered easy ways to solve them. I now understand why I do things the way I do, and how to make those traits work for me. My desk has never looked better!”

Barry J. Izsak, president, National Association of Professional Organizers

“Lanna teaches you a life skill with an understandable approach to how you think and how you can get organized.”

Lillian Vernon, founder, Lillian Vernon Corporation

“This very clever (and well-organized!) how-to, helps you to identify your personality type, and then gives you easy step-by-step solutions for getting and staying organized. It is instructional and revealing.”

Ken Hamlet, former chairman and CEO, T.E.C. Worldwide

“Every busy person in the world doesn’t have enough time to be totally organized. This book helps.”

Margret McBride, co-author, The One Minute Apology

“Unlike many readers who will be reading this book, my family had the experience of Lanna’s work one-on-one in our home. She used different organizing approaches and techniques with different members of the family. Now all are in this book. Organizing can be a primordial, gut-wrenching and finally a freeing experience. Read the book and find out for yourself how you and your family can take individualized approaches to get and stay organized!”

Dr. Tom Hill, founder, Eagle Institute; co-author, Chicken Soup for the Entrepreneurial Spirit

“Finally, a refreshing book that doesn’t lump us all together and finds fun, yet effective solutions for each of us to deal with clutter on our own terms. A must!”

Susan Scott, author, Fierce Conversations at Work & in Life — One Conversation at a Time

“No wonder typical approaches haven’t worked for me! I need to go vertical and visual! Perfect for us artistic, passionate, non-conformist types. If your desk or home is a mess, get this book. Lanna’s fun quiz nails how we function. Her solutions fit perfectly! Problem solved!”


Every Child Has a Thinking StyleEvery Child Has a Thinking Style:
A Guide to Recognizing and Fostering Each Child’s Natural Gifts and Preferences — to Help Them Learn, Thrive, and Achieve

April 2006 — Perigee/Penguin

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Praise for Every Child Has a Thinking Style

Jim Rogers, executive director, Sylvan Learning Center, Santa Rosa, California

This book is an important tool which can help parents help their children be successful in life as well as school.”

Judy Waggoner, director, Concord Child Care Center; chairperson, Contra Costa County Coalition of Early Childhood Educators

“As someone who has worked in programs for young children for 30 years, I’m thrilled to find a book that offers concrete solutions to the awesome challenge of bringing out the best in each child on the exciting road to adulthood. Lanna’s newest book is a must read for teachers.”

Jeff Kresge, director, St. Helena Co-op Nursery; teacher, Redwood Middle School

“The parents in my parent education program have benefited from Lanna’s presentations.  Many are frustrated by the demands placed on them, their children and their children’s apparent lack of ability to get organized.  This book fills an important gap in children’s developmental curriculum and is a valuable resource for parents and teachers.”