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Making A To-Do List

By Aaron Tanner

· To-Do List,Organizing,Executive Function,Order,Aspergers

Like many with Asperger Syndrome, I do not have the best executive functioning skills. Recently, I’ve started trying to work on those deficiencies by becoming better organized in my time and space outside of my main job at the dental lab.

Last December I started making weekly to do lists of tasks that I not only need to accomplish but would like to complete. By visually seeing what is floating in my head of things to accomplish, I have a better idea of what I need to finish.

When I get too much information in my mind, my brain shuts down, and nothing gets done. I am not saying that I am perfect at finishing what I start. A lot of the time, I am not able to complete all of what needs to be done, and I have to carry what I wanted to do on the list to the next week, and sometimes the week after that. But at least I am trying and am beginning to get better at using my free time more productively. However, if the task is not written down, it doesn’t get done.

Although one can use apps on their phones to make to-do lists, I prefer making a list of the old-fashioned way using pen and paper. This way, I am not so dependent on my smartphone in case my battery dies.

For many with Aspergers, if something is not attractive to them, they have a hard time doing putting forth the effort to complete that task. Although I share the sentiment, I also realize that sometimes there are parts of being an adult that is not so fun.

I desire less chaos in my life. Being better organized by making a to-do list is a step in the right direction. If nothing else, a to-do list allows me to feel like I adulted today rather than sit around and watch YouTube videos.

Are you good at creating and following through with to do lists? Comment in the section below. Also, don’t forget I will be moving my blog posts to the Tennessee Valley Unite webpage throughout 2019 and I encourage readers to subscribe to that particular website to get different perspectives about different disabilities as well as the Rocket City Notebook.

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