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OD1-101 Fundamental Organizing & Productivity Principles

Course Description
This six-hour course provides a solid foundation in basic organizing theory. Participants are introduced to core concepts behind categorizing, sorting, and the disposal of excess. The fundamentals of paper and time management are presented, as well as the principles of space utilization and workflow. Also included are an overview of client types such as ADD and chronic disorganization, personality factors, and learning styles. Each topic draws on case studies or tried-and true methods in the real world of professional organizing. This is a must-take course for all levels of professional organizers: the beginner seeking a good foundation in organizing principles, the intermediate organizer who understands practice and wants to understand theory, and the advanced organizer seeking to build upon experience and knowledge.

Learning Objectives

  1. To frame the work of organization within theoretical concepts
  2. To categorize organizing tasks, identifying their similarities and differences
  3. To anticipate challenges in working with different types of clients
  4. To help learners begin to develop their own theories about their work
  5. To instill respect for the need to customize one’s approach with every client, as all are unique

Debbie Stanley
Total Time: 6 hours and 9 minutes 
CEUs: 6.0

For transcripts of each module, click on the module presentation and select "Resources" listed under the video.

Code Words
Please be sure to listen for and record the code words given during the presentation. The instructor will explicitly verbalize code words periodically throughout the class (i.e. "The first code word is...") Note: Not all instructors give code words. If you do not hear any, please indicate "none given" on the course evaluation.

Upgrading from Provisional member to Professional member:
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