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Here’s to Not Catching Our Hair on Fire by Stacey Turis

Here’s to Not Catching Our Hair on Fire by Stacey Turis

Favorite Book!

Favorite Book!

Maniacs Book Club – Here’s to Not Catching Our Hair on Fire by Stacey Turis

Who doesn’t know someone who is always late, forgetful and one French toast away from burning down the house?

If you didn’t raise your hand, you probably don’t know enough people!  But, I guarantee we all know someone like that.  We organized people tend to be very judgmental of others.  Why can’t you just… (you fill in the blank) get places on time, do what you said you would, keep the place organized, and the list goes on and on.  I think this book can help the organized understand that all brains are not made equal.

ADHD is defined as by the Mayo Clinic:

  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a chronic condition that affects millions of children and often persists into adulthood. ADHD includes a combination of problems, such as difficulty sustaining attention, hyperactivity and impulsive behavior.
  • Children with ADHD also may struggle with low self-esteem, troubled relationships and poor performance in school. Symptoms sometimes lessen with age. However, some people never completely outgrow their ADHD symptoms. But they can learn strategies to be successful.
  • While treatment won’t cure ADHD, it can help a great deal with symptoms. Treatment typically involves medications and behavioral interventions. Early diagnosis and treatment can make a big difference in outcome.

Okay, I have come a long way on judging people.  I have been organizing clients for over 5 years, and have attended over twenty conferences, read hundreds of books, and listened to hundreds of teleclasses.   So, I guess I have a little bit of knowledge on Chronic Disorganization and ADHD.  I loved this book for its laughter, energy, creativity, and sadness.  Stacey shares her life story from birth to the present day, and all of the adventures that happen in between.  And boy, does she have a lot of them throughout her life.  A few principles that really stood out for me were:  most people don’t understand ADHD, life with ADHD can be fun, and we should have more compassion for those living with ADHD.

I recently was having a conversation with one of my neighbors A (Mary) about another neighbor B (Betty).  They both have children and rely on each for car pool.  Mary was very frustrated that Betty never shows up when she says she will, always forgets to pick up the kids, and is always late for the pick up.  I shared Here’s to Not Catching Our Hair on Fire by Stacey Turis with Mary and a few days later she was so thankful for the book.  We also strategized on a couple of reminder ideas that she could use with Betty and their relationship has improved greatly.

Stacey describes a professional career filled with lots of jobs and twenty-seven unsuccessful businesses.  She credits passion and creativity with the creation of most of the businesses, and blames boredom with implementation and details the demise of all of them.  She reminded me of many of my clients who are still trying to figure out what they are supposed to do “when they grow up.”

This book was in many ways a representation of the lives of many of my clients.  Stacey was born in the early 1973, and because she did not exhibit the hyperactivity she was never properly diagnosed.  She speaks openly through the book of her battles with perfectionism, lack of study and organizational skills, and constant struggles with procrastination.  She was open and real about a lot of the daily struggles in her life.  All of which made this one of the best ADHD books I have read.

How to not catch your hair on fire is at times funny, sad, personal and intimate.  It is a true account of a person living with ADHD.  I think this would be a great book for organizers who are frustrated with their creative clients.  I think it would be a great book for our clients who are struggling with ADHD, and I think this would be a great book for someone that doesn’t understand ADHD.  All of the life lessons shared makes it very easy to relate regardless of who you are.

For more information on Stacey Turis:  http://staceyturis.com/

Happy Organizing & Less Judging!






Cris Sgrott

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