To function at the level I wish to function, I need all the information I was once able to find in my head, organized in a way I can see it. For me, that means that all the “bits” I need, have to be visually available and all in one place. No easy task!
One way to have everything in one place for work tasks and projects is using multiple computer monitors. Most people do not use this many., but after slowly adding one at a time, this is what I ended up with. For individuals with brain injury who have office jobs, one extra monitor is often helpful and two extra monitors are generally sufficient. These also fall into the category of “reasonable accommodations.”
The reason all this because they make needed information visually available. I can alternate attention (“switch gears”) and maintain focus without struggle to do the impossible with my unreliable organic brain. Less stress. Less struggle.
In days past, one of my most powerful visual resources for keeping “everything” in one place, was my (paper-based) BRAIN BOOK®, which was always open to the central “TODAY” page. Tabs that organized all the important sections, flared out left and right (see below left). Many of my students have made their own brain books, either with or without the masters we used for BRAIN BOOK® System. Let me know if you want a list of the most helpful section headings or Masters for printing insert pages.
Now my personal My Bionic Brain® does the same thing, but in key-word searchable electronic form on an iPad. By keeping My Bionic Brain® open to the main TODAY screen, I have my primary visual cues in full view. Reference Notes, documents, e-mails, TO DO Lists and scheduled tasks and appointments re never lost or “spaced.” I call it my “BRAIN BOOK on steroids.” And yes, it sits on my desk next to me, along with all the monitors. ♥
For a PDF of the image below: TRI-FOLD brochure