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The Difficulty of Being Organised

Being organised when you have dyspraxia is often very difficult. I find it to be one of my biggest difficulties because it affects me in so many areas of my everyday life. It is more then just putting things away were they belong. When we look at a task we need to decide what needs to be done. We then must decide in what order to do these tasks. Often the job will be finished quicker if we do things in a certain order. For example if you sweep the floor and then clean the top of the cupboards you may knock crumbs and dust on to the clean floor. Deciding what to do and in what order is all part of organisation. It may sound silly to someone who doesnt have dyspraxia, but I cant just look at at task and easily decide what to do and it can be very frustrating

It can involve something as simple as doing the housework. I can walk into my lounge room and see that it needs to be tidied up. What my brain cant easily do is work out what task to do first and the easiest way to do it. A lot of time gets wasted while I try to work it out. Many times through out my life I have been told I do things the hard way. Someone else will see what I am doing and say it would be easier to do it this way. Most of the time after trying it their way I agree. It can also be difficult in a social situation where a group of people are completing a task. I want to join in and help but often unless I can follow what someone else is doing, it is difficult to know what to do next. If I help I will often do the wrong thing and get in the way but if I dont help then people presume I am lazy.

Often I seem to attract clutter. I read somewhere that because people with dyspraxia are very visual they remember where things are better if they can see them. It is a kind of organised chaos. Certainly if I put things away I often can’t remember where they are.So I think there must be some truth in it. Of course if you live with someone who likes things tidy,it can cause a lot of tension. Its a constant battle for me not to create clutter. My son often complains that he couldn’t stand my computer desk top. I tidy it frequently but some how it always seems to end up cluttered again. My TAFE lecturer has tidied my USB up twice because I had files all over the place. At TAFE on Thursday when I was saving a file she told me she was going to watch me save it to make sure I put it in the correct folder. My mission in life at the moment is to put everything away where it belongs from the start. It really does save a lot of time and effort if I do but it is a work in progress.

I don’t know what the answer is to having a disorganised brain. Certainly putting things straight away will help with clutter. I know I frustrate people because believe me I frustrate myself. Knowing the quickest and easiest way to tackle a task is another matter. I have no idea how to improve this, or if it even can be. If someone else is around then asking their advice will help. This is not always practical as I am often alone. If anyone has any suggestions they will be gratefully received.

Sharon Beaumont

I am a single mother of 4 who has lived with dyspraxia for several decades. My hope is that by sharing my experiences I can help to raise awareness of dyspraxia. I trained as an Education Assistant but found some areas of this to be a difficult career if you have dyspraxia. Currently I am an Information Technology Student and am trying to teach my self to speak French. I love travel, writing and anything French.

  • First off I’d like to say thank you for sharing this. Organisation and sequencing is something I have struggled with my whole life. Since getting my diagnosis of dyspraxia and learning as much as I could about it I have trained to become a life coach in order to be able to give my coping strategies to others with these conditions.

    I am now writing blogs in order to reach as many people as possible with these techniques. If you are interested in seeing these tips please follow this link to see an example of my chunking down technique 🙂

    I hope it helps you and the many others out there who struggle daily with these invisible difficulties.

    I hope you don’t mind me sharing this with others because your piece is so well written and speaks what many of us feel!

    Monique Craine

    June 11, 2014

  • Thank you Monique, it is good to get some feedback. I am happy for you to share. I think we both have the same goal to help others like us. I did try to look at your blog a couple of days ago but the link from twitter wasn’t working. I will try again from here

    Sharon Beaumont

    June 12, 2014

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