Mind, Body, Soul
We all have a predominant mode of thinking using mostly the right side of the brain or the left side. Whichever mode we use affects how we process, store, and retrieve information. Brain differences lead to difficulties with focus and organization. Most people with AD/HD are right brain thinkers. Right brainers learn best by understanding purpose and meaning. Organization is more difficult for right brain thinkers because of a rapid-fire, non-sequential, visual way of thinking. They see things from many angles, more in pictures than words, often at the same time. Right brainers are holistic, big picture thinkers who need to know why they're learning something before they can absorb it. They are dreamers, easily distracted by their own endless, changing internal world and by their external world.
Most people without AD/HD are left-brain thinkers. They think more sequential, linear, and learn in a step-by-step process. Left brainers think more in words than pictures. People without AD/HD have brains that naturally use efficient and direct processes to sustain attention, to focus, and to prioritize. They decide what tasks have priority and find the motivation to execute, sustaining the attention necessary to complete them. Left brain thinkers are logical and analytical, for example, keeping track of time and tend to plan and prioritize. They are more likely to finish one idea/task before starting another one. Organization comes naturally and it creates differences in how each group operates in the world and how they organize information. Remember, motivation is intrinsic or extrinsic. Doing something different yields different results. Intrinsic, in doing something because you love it, without showy performances and extrinsic for outward appearances. Ask yourself, when I did something differently, what was the result of it? (Rochelle Payton, Jeffrey Freed, M.A.T. and Joan Shapiro, M.D., 4 Weeks to an Organized Life with AD/HD, Taylor Trade Publishing(2007)).