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  • Claire Deacon

Mind Maps, Post It Notes & Neurodiversity

As a career coach, my mission is to support individuals in achieving their work and life goals. Over the years, I've worked with people from all walks of life, and I've come to appreciate the beautiful diversity of our minds. Today, I'd like to explore the world of organisation, particularly for those who might face unique challenges in this area. We often take organisation for granted, but it's a crucial skill that anyone can develop, regardless of their learning style. Let's dive into the incredible journey of organising yourself and learn how to make it work for you.

First, let's acknowledge that not everyone has an innate sense of organisation. Some individuals may find it more challenging due to conditions like dyslexia, autism, ADHD, or other learning differences. It's important to remember that these challenges don't define your potential. You can still develop effective organisational strategies that work for you.

One technique that has proven to be incredibly effective for many is colour coding and visual organisation. The brain is a magnificent instrument that can identify order through visual cues. By assigning colours or using visuals like charts, graphs, mind maps or diagrams, you can create a structured system that your brain can easily understand. Whether it's colour-coded calendars, to-do lists, or files, this approach can simplify complex tasks and help with prioritisation.

When it comes to organisation, it's essential to consider both short-term and long-term strategies. In the short term, focus on creating systems that help you manage your daily tasks efficiently. For example, use apps, planners, or reminders to stay on top of your immediate responsibilities.

In the long term, look at your career goals. Develop a roadmap that outlines your aspirations, breaks them down into achievable steps, and sets timelines. It's like building the foundation for a house—your organised plan will be the groundwork for your future success.

For those of you who might feel overwhelmed when faced with organising a simple shopping list or other tasks, please know that you are not alone, and there are strategies that can work for you. Embrace your unique learning style and explore what techniques resonate with you. You have the power to create a system that supports your growth and success.

The path to effective organisation is a personalised journey, and I'm here to help guide you along the way. Whether you're managing the daily grind or working towards long-term career goals, there are strategies that can empower you. Embrace your unique learning style, explore techniques that work for you, and remember that you have the potential to thrive in your professional life. I have had clients who prefer to walk around when we are on a video coaching call; once chose to swing in my egg chair during the session and another needed to be able to turn off the camera and use audio only. We are all different - thank goodness! Don't hesitate to reach out for guidance, and together, we'll unlock your full potential!

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