One of the common problems with dyslexia and other forms of LD is a lack of organizational skills. This probably has something to do with the tendency to have a poor working memory and being easily distracted.
|Our cute little dragon
keeps his keys
I’ve written a fair amount about this topic, but as time passes, the occurs to me. For me, it’s often the small stuff that gets lost along the way.
Designate Spots for Small Objects
Since I walk or take mass transit when I need to go anywhere, I have a hard time remembering my keys. I’m not a fan of carrying a purse, so when I wear jackets, I keep whatever I need in the pockets. In the summer, I will occasionally carry a purse, but usually I carry one of my larger bags.
For some reason, although I’ll remember my wallet (money and ID are important), my cell phone (safety and connectivity), and my emergency inhaler (breathing is good), keys always seem to get forgotten. Getting locked out is no fun.
So, instead of hiding a spare key somewhere outside, a Bad Idea in our area, I’ve designated a spot in which to keep them. Right on my desk, often in the small purse I’ll grab for short outings.
For families, or other types of multi-person household, a key rack or other holder of small objects by the door might be a good option.
Cell phones are also a problem, but if you get in the habit of plugging your phone into the charger every time you get home, it’ll be easier to find when you need it.
This method tens to work with any small object. The hard part is usually in turning the act of putting things in their place into a habit. I’ve read somewhere that usually takes something like 20 days of regularly doing it for the habit to take.
Paperwork and Homework
I know I’ve covered this in past entries, but it’s worth mentioning here. Things like homework and paperwork are extremely difficult to keep track of, especially if you’re a visual thinker, like I am.
This is where color coding, folders and binders come in. There are quite a few ways to do this. One is to designate a single folder to each subject, and organize them according to what days you have the class in a binder. Another way is to designate two folders per subject. One for work that needs to be done, and one for finished work that needs to be turned in.
For big projects, binders are fantastic. I’m rather fond of the ones that allow you to insert your own covers or labels into them, like the one in this affiliate link:
- Mail letters at box in front of library
- Return books
- Pick up reserved books
- New socks
- Cleaning supplies
- TMNT bandages
As I finish each item, I cross it off. If you happen to have a smart phone, there are apps for just that purpose.
However, for every day to-do lists, or weekly appointments, dry erase boards are wonderful. They’re easy to rewrite every week or even day, accessible and money saving in the long run. You can find them in all sorts of formats, too. The link below is a lot like the one hanging in our kitchen.
These three organization tricks have helped me out the most, but there are so many more ideas out there.
I’ve put together a list of articles and entries I’ve already written about the topic, if you’re interested in reading more.
Can Modern Technology and Techniques Compensate for Poor Short Term Memory? – This one is by another blogger who has some awesome ideas about how to compensate for a poor working memory.