Helping your clients identify their personal organizing style
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Over the past couple of months, we’ve been talking about the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® and how your client’s personality type affects their relationship with time and space. It’s quite fascinating, but even if you become trained to administer the MBTI, simply telling your client, “your type is ENFP” isn’t going to be terribly helpful.
Whether you use personality type or not, you need to help your client understand their own organizing strengths and challenges. The following questions will help them to think about things they may not have considered previously.Before you can help someone get organized, you need to understand their personal organizing style.Click To Tweet
Organizing Assessment Questions
- Do you consider yourself organized or disorganized?
- Do others consider you to be organized or disorganized?
- Do you waste time looking for things you need?
- Are you a “piler” or a “filer”?
- When you clean your desk, a closet, or the garage, is it easy for you to throw things out or do you tend to get bogged down?
- Is it difficult for you to part with things even though they have outlived their usefulness?
- Do you keep a lot of things for sentimental reasons?
- Do you keep things just in case you need them again in the future?
- Do you weed out paper and belongings often and systematically?
- Do you share your workspace and/or living space with someone with a different organizing style than your own?
- Are you an “info maniac” (saving many articles, newspapers, or books you’ve read)?
- Do you like to collect things?
- Are you a highly visual person who needs to keep everything in sight?
- Which of your current strategies are working well for you?
- What are your biggest challenges or weaknesses in terms of organization?
Once your client has identified some of their strengths and weaknesses, it may be helpful to compare their answers to those of others who share the same personality type preferences.
What other questions do you ask during a client assessment?
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