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Neurodivergent Life Hacks

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What little things have you implemented to reduce the cognitive overload of life and/or stay organised?

Some random ones of mine:

  1. "Formulas" to fall back on - outfit formula for when I don't want to think about what to wear, making dinner formula (repetition of what ingredients I buy, very similar meals just with key components changed around)

  2. On the clothes - I prioritise black clothes so that I can throw together outfits easily. I have lots of variants of black top + black bottom.

  3. Write things down somewhere. Immediately. I use thougt capturing apps/ software like Google keep, obsidian but also have used bullet journals or just notebooks with page numbers. I'm currently building a note on obsidian with important info for things I always need to refer to at random times like national insurance number.

  4. Always label files on computer in a logical way. Avoid the urge to name things sjdudnskao as this will only come back to haunt you!

  5. Use lots of key words in emails to myself that I know I will want to search for later.

  6. Assign a specific dumping area for my important stuff that I need to grab in mornings while getting ready for work.

  7. Organise physical items based on being able to easily access them / see them. Many people, me included, need things to be visible otherwise the organisation just doesn't work. I use Marie kondo tips to do this and also lots of tips from neurodivergent groups on fb. I actually try and stack my fridge like Marie kondo stacks clothes. Basically store what I can upright like books rather than one on top of the other. I only "hide" things when I have multiple items and then put the current one to use at the front.

Aaand many more. This is just what came to mind now.

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[–] [email protected] 2 points 9 months ago

I love a whiteboard. And also wall info. I'm a teacher and I stick my timetable on the wall in multiple spaces so I can see from where I sit, my classes and number of kids per class also on the wall in more than one place and other things. Storing things on wall in a place you look often is great for reducing time it takes to fish out important info.