Feeling stressed? Disorganized? Overwhelmed? You’re not alone. As millions of Angelenos try to surf through their hectic days—literally and figuratively—disorganization seems almost as commonplace as the traffic lining the freeways. Thankfully, there’s a solution to the struggle (disorganization, not traffic). We sat down with Barbara Guggenheim, coauthor (along with Nadine Schiff) of the new book The Ultimate Organizer (2010: Phoenix Books). We’re betting it will get us back in control.
LOS ANGELES CONFIDENTIAL: What inspired you to create The Ultimate Organizer?
BARBARA GUGGENHEIM: Since the day I bought my first computer, every time I did a repetitive act I kept a form, list or template in a file. One day I was talking to Nadine and she told me that she had been using the same system. So we got together and created The Ultimate Organizer.
How would someone benefit most from the book?
The Ultimate Organizer saves an enormous amount of time. We give you a CD and a loose-leaf notebook, so you have all of your information with you wherever you go—you don’t have to reinvent the wheel every time you need to do something.
So you really incorporated every aspect of a person’s life into The Ultimate Organizer?
It’s like the Yellow Pages of your life. It helps you organize anything you can think of. For example, there’s a page that you can keep in the glove compartment of your car that tells you what to do in case of a fender bender. But everybody works, everybody has family—it’s hard to juggle all those balls at once. We set up a system that gets rid of the repetitive stuff, the stuff you don’t need, so you have more time for the good stuff.