I haven’t written in a while because I had completely forgotten to write anything. In my mind I had written something not that long ago but realised it’s actually been months and not just a week or so.

I am unbelievably forgetful. If it’s not on a list it won’t get done, bought, tidied etc.

Because I haven’t written for a while it does mean that there are different things in my life that seem to have happened all at once. I moved house to save money and to get a fresh start in a bit of a different area, I transferred stores with my job to become part of a more supportive team, I am in a new relationship (which is a whole story within itself) and I made the decision to drop my volunteer position for my own health. All of these have not been simple tasks but, now that I am on the other side of it all, I am in a much more settled state of mind.

I did have a meltdown yesterday but it only lasted a few hours because of the better support system I have around me, without that it could have lasted an indefinite amount of time.

Anyway, I have completely gone off the topic of forgetfulness.

Whiteboards, pens, notebooks and random scraps of paper are my lifeline and are my ability to function day to day. Without them my spare time would be spent playing games and watching tv while my pile of unwashed dishes becomes increasingly reminiscent of the tower of Pisa.

The best thing I have done is get myself into a routine as I remember more through repetition. I wake up at half 6 every day and go to bed around half 9 every night and am usually asleep around 10. This gives me time in the morning to relax and be fully awake before getting on with my day.

I have two white boards to keep me organised day to day. My large whiteboard has the whole month on it with work shifts, what day to change my cats litter, when to do the shopping etc and my smaller whiteboard is for daily use. I write on it what tasks I need to get done that day and any other things that crop up that I will need to remember.

All this organisation doesn’t mean I’ll get everything done, some days I don’t feel upto anything and I need time to hide away but that can have a terrible knock on effect as then I have more to do on other days so I do try and give myself manageable stuff each day.

I have also learnt not to feel guilty about having a day to myself when I do need it as it is never wasted. Sometimes that day is needed to be able to function the next day and the day after and the day after that.

And I seemed to have diverted off topic again so I shall leave it at that tonight and try and talk about the positives in my life next time.


Author: AdultsWithAustism

I decided I wanted to do something positive with my life and speak out about what it feels like to be an adult with autism.

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