Interview with Leslie Josel, Author of What’s the Deal with Teens and Time Management

Leslie JoselLeslie 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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Where did you grow up?  

I grew up in Oceanside, Long Island that is east of New York City. And I lived there until I left for college at Cornell University in Ithaca.

When did you begin writing?

I have always liked to write, even as a little girl. My father used to say to me that if you could write you could do anything with your life. I think that is true. I started really writing when my business started to grow and people craved resources and info. So I was always writing newsletter copy, blog posts, tweets, speeches, power points, etc. So the next step naturally was a book. 

Do you write during the day, at night or whenever you can sneak a few moments?

Late at night. That’s my time. I love the stillness of the day and the darkness.

What is this book about?  

What’s the Deal with Teens and Time Management: A Parents’ Guide to Helping Your Teen Succeed takes parents step-by-step through the basics of teaching their teens the time management skills they need to succeed – at school, at home and in life. It is really user-friendly guide full of best practice solutions for helping your teen. I open the door to the world of time management, what it really means, why it’s important and why teens probably don’t get it. And I offer up my “Triple Ts”-my tried and true Tips, Tools and Techniques-to provide support and guidance for parents looking to help their teens understand, develop and implement time management skills. 

What inspired you to write it? What's the Deal with Teens and Time Management 2

I have been in business now for over a decade. I travel the country regularly presenting to parents, students and teachers on issues surrounding teens today. Over the years, the single most requested subject I am asked to speak on or parents are concerned about is time management, an issue filled with emotion, anxiety and confusion. Not a day goes by that I am not speaking, writing, emailing, coaching or talking on this subject. Having developed my arsenal of “Triple Ts”, it was time to write a book! 

Was the road to publication smooth sailing or a bumpy ride?

Very easy. I had a publisher that gave me a lot of rope and let me write the book I thought parents would read.

If you knew then, what you know now, is there anything you would have done differently?

I gave myself a very short deadline to get this done. Don’t underestimate how long writing a book takes. OMGoodness. I would have given myself way more time!

Where can readers purchase a copy of your book? 

They can go to either my website at OR they can go to Amazon and purchase a book directly there.

Do you have a video trailer to promote your book?  If yes, where can readers find it?!/Whats-the-Deal-With-Teens-and-Time-Management/p/46682579/category=5059090 here is the link to the video trailer. They can also find it on my website. Just go to Time Management Book Info and you will find the video.


What is one piece of advice you would like to share with aspiring authors everywhere?

Write what you know. Write what you are passionate about. Write from your own voice and be authentic. The best complement I always get is when people say that they hear my voice in their head when they are reading my books. Then I know I did my job right!

What is up next for you? 

Lots! We also sell academic planners that teach time management so we are expanding our product line for next back to school. And you can find those on our site as well.  Book number 3 is percolating. We are offering more webinars and videos to our Order Out of Chaos community. And I am traveling more and more speaking to parent and educator groups. 

Is there anything you would like to add?

Just a huge thank you to your readers for hanging with us today.



And to be patient with your teen. My son is ADHD and has time management deficiencies but through patience and consistency I was able to teach him these skills. So if I can do it so can you!  Remember, time management is a Life Skill that doesn’t come naturally to everyone. But it can be learned.

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