Leslie Josel is the Principal of Order Out of Chaos®, an organizing consulting firm specializing in student organizing and chronic disorganization. Launched in 2004, Order Out of Chaos® offers organizing, time management and coaching services; provides family education and ADHD resources as well as teleclasses, webinars, videos, and products to hundreds of families.
Leslie is a graduate of the JST Coach Training Program for teens and college students with ADHD. She is a Golden Circle member of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) and earned her Chronic Disorganization and Hoarding Specialist certificates from the Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD).
In 2015, Leslie’s second book, What’s the Deal with Teens and Time Management, a parents’ step-by-step guide to help teach their teens the time management skills they need to succeed in school, home and in life, was published. Leslie is also the creator of the award winning “Academic Planner: A Tool for Time Management,” a student planner that helps middle and high schoolers develop and master time management skills.
A respected resource on ADHD and Executive Functioning in students, Leslie speaks and conducts workshops nationally to parent and educator groups on a variety of issues and topics facing students today, including The Matan Institute, National Ramah Camping Commission, and Morgan Stanley. Leslie has also been featured in national broadcast and print media such as the Hallmark Channel’s “The Better Show”, “Conversations in Care” radio, The Associated Press, Family Circle Magazine, and Educational Dealer Magazine.
Also known nationally as an expert on chronic disorganization and hoarding issues, Leslie has appeared on many episodes of TLC’s hit television show, “Hoarding: Buried Alive”, and the Cooking Channel’s television special, “Stuffed: Food Hoarders”. In 2014, Leslie received a Telly Award, the Internet/Online programming’s highest honor for her work on dLifeTV.
She is also the co-author of the award winning “The Complete Diabetes Organizer: Your Guide to a Less Stressful and More Manageable Diabetes Life” (Spry, 2013).
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Thank you for this interview! I’d like to know more about you as a person first. What do you do when you’re not writing?
I run my company Order out of Chaos. We offer organizing, time management and coaching services; family education, and ADHD resources as well as classes, videos and products to hundreds of families and their students. We also create and manufacture organizing products for students. I am also a speaker and travel the country talking on topics facing parents and students today. I am also a wife and mom!
If you could go anywhere in the world to start writing your next book, where would that be and why?
What do you find fascinating about the (add your genre here) genre?
The issue of teens, parents and time management is a real emotional one. For all involved. It can really divide a family and create a true toxic environment. I find myself being family educator, therapist and teacher all in one.
When was the adrenalin rush – writing that first chapter or the last and why?
I actually wrote the book out of order. Since most of the chapters stand alone I was able to do that. The adrenalin rush came when I wrote the introduction, which was actually the LAST thing I wrote. I knew it needed something and I had to get everything else down on paper before I knew how to start. That happens for a lot of people. Writing the beginning last really helped to set the tone and take parents on the journey. And that for me is the adrenalin rush.
What is the most important thing about your book that we as a reader should know?
That this is a book to read over and over again. Not everything is going to resonate the first time around. Some parts will get read multiple times, others only once. Think of it as a guide to go back to when needed.
Your best friend is an aspiring author and his book really sucks. What would you say to him or her?
Who am I to say what sucks! If they wrote their labor of love and are truly passionate about what they wrote then I am going to tell them it is wonderful. Because if you look at it that way, then it is!
You’re sitting at a dinner party and seated next to NY bestselling authors. They are intimidating indeed and one of them remarks that your book sucks. What would you say to him or her?
My book is non-fiction and you need to be a parent with a child and interested in time management. So I guess I would ask them WHY they thought it sucked. Was it the subject matter? Or did you not like my style of writing. It wouldn’t really bother me if that were what you are asking. As long as they respected the fact that there are a lot of people in my world that love my book, then they can think it sucks!
You catch someone sitting on a park bench reading your book whether on an e-reader or the real McCoy and you walk over to him or her and what do you say?
Thank you for reading my book! Hope you are finding it useful. What resonates with you? What doesn’t?
You’ve just been offered the Pulitzer Prize. Who do you thank?
My husband hands down. He is my true partner in every sense of the word.
Any final words?
Time management is a life skill that doesn’t come naturally to everyone. BUT it can be learned! You just need patience and consistency.