Masters to print blank “Strategy Pages”
- Getting my needs met
- Messy desk and files
- Running out of time
- _________ (blank)
Masters to print blank “Strategy Pages”
How do you define it and how do we achieve it following brain injury? Comments welcome.
I use YouMail Visual Voicemail, and it works well for me. It gives me quick VISUAL access to my voice mail messages. I am told it increases productivity for many whose speed of processing is slower than it used to be. It also makes voice mail sort-able and See http://www.youmail.com/
“Clarify and Verify” is perhaps one of the most POWERFUL compensatory skills (habits) an individual with cognitive inconveniences can practice. It’s a common communication technique, but for anyone who is challenged with “mis-hearing,” “mis-remembering,” or other mis’s brain injury can cause this simple phrase often saves the day:
Then write down the results (or speak the results into you iPad or other recording device). Not only is this good for you (the person asking for verification), it’s good for the person you are talking to. It’s good for the relationship too. The two-way communication “street” will be clear of clutter and misunderstanding. And when others see you writing down the results, they will start to gain confidence that they are heard and you will know, if not remember, what was said and agreed upon. Employers are especially appreciative of this communication practice. Don’t be surprised if they start using it, and asking others they work with to use it too!
Thank you Francis, for this valuable phrase.
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
Staying focused and having strategies for paying attention and alternating attention are important for many kinds of work situations. “Attention training” only goes so far. We often gain more functional capacity for maintaing and alternating attention when we use visual cues — some can be simple, low-tech tactics like using “Focus (cue) Cards” (below left and/or background cues an individual keeps in sight (below right). These items qualify as “assistive technology,” despite not being electronic.
My work requires a great deal of alternating attention and “switching gears” — what with managing multiple projects, answering e-mails, teaching and answering the phone. Multiple computer monitors save the day for me and many others I teach and coach, even if their jobs are not as complicated as mine. Most people do not use this many monitors. One extra monitor is often helpful and two extra monitors are generally sufficient. The reason all these tools work is because they make needed information visually available.
In days past, one of my most powerful visual resource was my BRAIN BOOK, which was always open to the central “TODAY page, with tabs that organized all my BRAIN BOOK sections, flaring out left and right (see below left). Now my personal My Bionic Brain does the same thing, but in electronic form on an iPad. By keeping My Bionic Brain open to the main “TODAY” screen, I have my primary visual cues (markers) in full view. TO DO Lists and schedules tasks and appointments re never lost or “spaced.” All my Reference Notes are key word searchable. Documents are all in one spot. . . I call it my “BRAIN BOOK on steroids.”