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Emerging Blogger Series: Nikole (My Accessible Life)

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This post is by Nikole of My Accessible Life.

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Executive Dysfunction Tips & Tricks

Last week we were talking about executive dysfunction and a few handy tips to cope with it. I promised I’d give you all an update on how using daily task lists is going for me. From Friday until Monday I have been using the google docs to-do list. It’s easy to edit and access and can be used over and over.

But, so far, I’m having trouble sticking with it. I think the issue might be that it isn’t a physical list, on paper. I can easily hide the tab its in and forget it’s there. So to combat this, I have a couple more ideas to share!

Before we get started, are you just finding My Accessible Life for the first time? Welcome! I release blogs on Tuesdays and Thursdays all about bettering your life no matter what limitations you may have. Don’t forget to comment, follow, and share this post if you like what you’ve read! My goal is to help as many people as possible live happier, healthier lives.

Keep It In Sight

I can’t stress this enough. Out of sight means out of mind! For me, if It’s not slapping me in the face every few moments I’m prone to forgetting about it. So what I want to try is setting up a TO-DO list that’s very easy to see in my workspace!

While browsing Pinterest this morning I came across several fun ideas. Some use whiteboards/chalkboards, sticky notes, and journaling. For me, I’ll likely try the sticky notes! I like the idea of physically removing tasks from my to-do list.

Another idea I had was making sure to use high contrasting colors on my list. That way it catches my eye any time I glance in its direction.

An idea for people with vision problems is to make use of devices like Alexa. You can give her a list of reminders and have her remind you to do things at set times.

Find A Friend

I know for me, if I didn’t have readers that read my posts, I likely would have quit this blog by now. When you have someone that holds you accountable, or in my case the #WritingCommunity, it helps motivate me to take care of what I need to do.

It’s hard letting people down, so use that to your advantage! Hype your friends up about your new project. Tell all of Twitter you’re writing a novel! It will turn your project from a concept to an actual plan.

I found that once I started telling my friends I was writing a blog, they would ask questions and want to see what progress I’d made. Their very helpful hype has driven the majority of my projects to finish. My supporters are the gas that keeps this engine going.

15 On 5 Off

This one has actually helped me the most. I struggle with keeping my focus on my tasks, like blogging or editing. I tend to stray to Twitter just to scroll ‘for a little’ only to realize it’s been an hour and my work is still waiting there. Whoopsie!

That is why I started this technique. Set a timer for 15 minutes and do not allow yourself to do anything but work. Get as much done in that fifteen-minute sprint as you can! When the timer goes off, set another for 5 minutes! This time you are allowed to check social media or watch youtube. Sometimes just having a small break to refresh your focus can help inspire you to do more.

I find that when I do this method I’m more likely to stick to it because I’m still allowing myself to enjoy other stimuli while also getting work done. Those five minutes might be a bit short, but I usually return feeling refreshed and ready to write!

That wraps up my thoughts and ideas about struggling with Executive Dysfunction! Let me know down below what your thoughts are!

Visit Nikole on her blog  My Accessible Life.

Thanks so much Nikole for participating in the emerging blogger series!

You can find the rest of the posts in the series, as well as the criteria for participating, on the Community Features page.

5 thoughts on “Emerging Blogger Series: Nikole (My Accessible Life)”

  1. I used that technique when I went to uni. I set my timer for 50′ for studying and then 10′ for a break. It worked perfectly.
    Later on I used my timer to do homework, the 15′ and then a small break. Every day. Together with a lot of tasks at work to mark off on different lists I became allergic to list and time limitations, it gives me so much anxiety and stress.
    I guess the next step for me is to balance what I do in that time frame of work (like doing some house hold chores). I think the method can be useful for me as long as I accept and put limitations in place while I’m working. Living with mental struggles isn’t easy!

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