How to Use a Body Double

Many of my clients use me as a body double at least part of the time. One client uses me as a double most of the time and told me that he was so happy that someone had come up with the term “body double” as he likes it a lot better than “babysitter”.

As a body double, I am near the person who is doing the project. Often that is all I need to do. My presence helps the client focus and stay on task. I am just a tool that allows them to get important tasks accomplished. I can even do this virtually using Facetime.

At first, some people are embarrassed by this arrangement. They realize that they are doing these chores all by themselves while paying me to sit there. They know they can do the work but at the same time they realize that they won’t if I am not there. This is especially true of ADHD clients.

Sometimes I am a combination of body double and assistant. I may sort the mail, open it, and hand it to the client one piece at a time. The client then does the task that is needed and hands it back to me to file if appropriate. We may chat a bit about what needs to be done but the client actually pays the bill, makes the call, or discards the paper.

A body double does not have to be a paid professional. A friend or family member can do the work of a body double if they understand what is expected of them. If they realize that they are being the best help by sitting near the person but not intruding. They can read a book or work on a crossword puzzle but just by being there the person will continue to work. I have had one client use her sister as a body double while she was the body double for her sister. One lived in Georgia and the other in Texas. They would connect by phone and for one hour would work on projects with just a word or two as they worked to make certain each was on task.

Once a person accepts that a body double can be an important tool to help hem, it can be a relatively easy way to move a project forward.


Jonda S. Beattie

Professional Organizer

Virtual Organization

Atlanta traffic can be terrible. Many times, I have long drives to client’s homes, often arriving a bit early to allow for mishaps in traffic. When I arrive early, I usually park away from their home until the time I am supposed to arrive.

At times my client is also returning to their home and they get caught up in traffic. I sit and wait for their arrival but now the clock is ticking for them on using their assigned time. I have had clients lose up to and even over an hour of their scheduled time this way. Other times clients have forgotten or been unrealistic about tasks they have had to do before our appointment and I get a call or text about being late as I am almost at their home.

Just yesterday, a client lost 2 of her 3 paid hours. She has occasionally used virtual organizing with me before, but those sessions had been mostly consultations and brainstorming sessions. I pointed out to her again yesterday that we could set up virtual sessions working on the projects she needed to do. I would be her body double and accountability partner via Facetime. She could set her times when she knew she could be home for at least an hour and not lose paid time trying to get home.

We set two times for this coming Friday where she would have everything in place for the project and we would Facetime for an hour. Then we plan to take an hour break where she was not paying for my time and resume for another hour. After that second hour she could continue to work for a while and send me pictures and texts showing her progress.

This is one example of how virtual organization saves time and money for the client.

Contact Time Space Organization, 404-299-5111 or Jonda@timespaceorg.com if you think this organizational service might be a fit for you.




Jonda S. Beattie

Professional Organizer