Organizing with our Eyes is the first in a series on organizing using one’s processing modalities. In 2010, Denslow Brown of Coach Approach for Organizers and Organizer Coach published The Processing Modalities Guide. This is the first of nine modalities that Denslow addresses in the guide.
Organizing with our Eyes – Strength & Sensitivity
We can have little or lots of strength in how we perceive the world with our eyes. Lots of strength would make us gifted while little strength is referred to as weak. If we are strong, organizing with our eyes would be natural, easy and help make staying organized easier. We can also be hypo or hyper sensitive in using our eyes. Sensitive means we are bothered by, perhaps agitated and likely exhausted by too much or the wrong visual stimulation.
Organizing with your Eyes – Organizing Strategies
Professional organizers and coaches with training in processing modalities understand that the degree of strength and the degree of sensitivity can be used to help a client get organized and stay organized.
If you are visually sensitive then lots of colour might be irritating while one or minimal colour might be soothing. Try these strategies:
- Use storage containers that are all one colour, size or shape if they will be used in one place. Even just one colour will make a difference.
- Use containers of similar, complementary or minimal colour to contain items that might otherwise look messy or haphazard.
- Place things in an orderly fashion by size, shape or colour to minimize visual stimulation.
If you are visually strong you remember items by sight. You can easily identify the visual difference in items. Try these organizing techniques to take advantage of this strength:
- use clear containers to help identify their contents
- label storage containers to identify their contents
- use colour on file labels or the files themselves to distinguish between different groups of subjects. For example, client files might be green while marketing files might be red.
- use visual cues such as symbols, single words or a sketch to remind yourself to do a particular task.
Use your natural and existing strengths to help you get organized. Organizing with your eyes is just one way. Organizing with our ears is next.