TRAITS: Front- and right-brain thinker, new ideas and
concepts, imagination and vision, expressive, likes to
SPACE: Innovators prefer unstructured, free, and
creative work environments. Keep them tethered to
reality with a large worktable and flexible seating.
Let them repurpose furniture and supplies to suit
TIME: Because they dislike routine, Innovators
struggle with time management. Outfit work
space with a large analog clock and visual timer
to reinforce the opportunity of each moment.
Supplement a monthly planner with Post-It
reminders for assignments and activities.
PAPER: An expanding folder with color-coded tabs
lets an Innovator quickly slip papers in and out. Skip
the file folders for long-term paper storage and opt
for plastic document sleeves that the student can
pile up on a tray.
TRAITS: Front- and left-brain thinker, strong analytical
abilities, facts and logic, decisive nature, high standard of
SPACE: Prioritizers prefer minimal, orderly, and
logically organized work spaces. Opt for quality over
quantity, stocking a distraction-free area with a few
high-quality furnishings and supplies. Keep the colors
muted and the style streamlined.
TIME: Prioritizers generally manage time well and need
only a basic analog clock, timer, and monthly calendar.
A list of goals—monthly, quarterly, or annually—
provides much of the inspiration for success.
PAPER: Because they’re constantly editing down the
best information, Prioritizers generally have few papers
to organize. A single multitabbed expanding folder will
manage daily papers, while a standing rack with folders
takes care of longer-term paper storage. Handwritten
labels on files and folders do the job quickly and
effectively, which is what matters most to Prioritizers.
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