One Adult with NLD's Tips on Organization
I have some thoughts on organizational difficulties based on my own experiences.
For many years, organization has been a super major problem area in my life. At the job that I alluded to in "Does this Sound Familiar?" post, my supervisor a few weeks before I was fired came in and chewed me out big time about how messy my desk was. I couldn't really argue with her but I begged her to be allowed to take a class on organizational skills, as I had not clue as to what to do or how to start. I remember telling her that while flying to Austin on vacation, I looked at catalogues that might have solutions to my problem.
I think what I am trying to say is that someone could have offered me a million dollars as a prize for organizing my desk or apartment and I probably wouldn't have been able to achieve it. What has worked for me is for my therapist to break down the process in a systematic step by step process. She has taught me the tasks that need to be done on a regular basis (dishes, taking out trash, putting mail in an "in" basket) so that I maintain some level of organization.
It is a work in progress but for the first time in many years, I really feel that I can overcome this hurdle. Unlike many previous attempts, I'm not scared that a week later, the apartment is going to be snowed with paper again.
One other suggestion. What about using a laptop for everything? I know finances wouldn't allow it for now but we NLDers's hate paper usually, and it just seems like it would work. For me, using my computer, particularly Outlook and my new IIIC Color Palm Pilot has made a big difference. Also, I have thought about getting a scanner so I could file everything on the computer and throw out all those nasty papers.
Sure, I still have a ways to go. But for
the first time, I feel like I can really be organized and that's a start.