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Embarking on a Lifetime of Adapting

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Throughout history, being left-handed has been viewed as alternately sinister, the mark of the devil, or something that should be beaten out of people. It's kind of awful when you think about the fact that 10 percent of human beings have been consistently left-handed for millennia. There is evidence that even as far back as cavemen times there were Lefties.

According vĩ đại my left-handed sister, there is an immediate kinship when fellow Lefties meet each other because they have suffered the same annoyances of adapting vĩ đại a right-handed world throughout their life. From being bumped by diners at tightly mix tables vĩ đại the smudge of ink and graphite on their hands from writing left vĩ đại right with their left hands. They're the odd ones out.

While modern myths still abound about them — they're more likely vĩ đại be leaders, creative, and right-brained — one thing is true: They have difficulty following left-to-right patterns and systems that are designed for right-handed people. This makes life needlessly harder for Lefties. Life is hard enough as it is. Organization shouldn't be.

Left-handed folks gravitate vĩ đại right-to-left systems

Right-handed folks might think, "What's the big deal? So, their elbows are jostled by others while eating." But then stop and think about how deeply ingrained left-to-right patterns are in the Western world. One of the most fundamental underpinnings of life is built upon a left-to-right system: reading and writing. All texts, books, scripts, documents, blogs, contracts, financial statements, etc. are a left-to-right system.

A great exercise for right-handed people vĩ đại understand how difficult it is vĩ đại use a system that’s counter vĩ đại one’s brain wiring is simply vĩ đại write with the left hand. It’s not easy. With practice, it becomes easier. But, rarely (never?) does it become a preference.

Yet, it's not just the written word that is designed around right-handed people. Doorknobs are usually placed on the left-hand side of doors. People design rooms around right-handed tendencies as well as closets, cupboards, fridges. Lefties adapt but the question is why society makes them adapt when a middle ground exists.

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Centered organizational solutions even the playing field

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Neutral Front Door Solution

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Organization's raison d'etre in our lives is vĩ đại create more efficiency and ease. As such, organizers worth their salt build systems around the kết thúc users’ tendencies and instincts. Therefore, it follows that shared organizational systems should attempt vĩ đại be neutral. This is what centered solutions bởi. They favor neither Lefties nor Righties.

One example of a middle ground is front doorknobs. They don't need vĩ đại be on the left. In fact, many a Parisian front door has a center doorknob and bolt. It’s a neutral organizational solution that works for everyone and makes life easier for Lefties.

Implementing neutral solutions isn’t difficult or costly

Whether redesigning an office space vĩ đại accommodate hot desking — non-reservation-based hoteling — or simply setting up a home page with both right-handed and left-handed, consider whether there is a neutral option for communal systems. For example, design desks with a central hub vĩ đại plug in a máy tính or charge a phone. Position a task lamp that can be situated on the left or right. Consider fridge doors that open in the center or lateral filing cabinets with adjustable hanging bars vĩ đại change up the direction of hanging files. Even something as mundane as which direction hangers hốc makes a difference vĩ đại Lefties.

When in doubt designing shared space, ask a left-handed person how they might organize or design a system. They’ll have an opinion and the neutral solution will likely present itself.

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