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Strategy 4 - Step away
 

Cartoon couple on a sofa with a glasses of red wine on coffee tableAre you finding it a challenge to plan your week or perform multi-step tasks? Have you lost faith in your ability to make sound decisions or do you freeze when faced with a problem?

Simply taking a step back for a moment can help. Breathe, take your time and think the task through before you begin.

Pay heed to what those who love you are saying. They may notice problems before you do. Try to listen calmly and remember that they have your best interests at heart. It’s never easy to hear these things but it’s not easy to say them either. It can be helpful to discuss how you might manage such issues before there is a problem. Indeed, introducing some the strategies and apps mentioned in this section are useful even if your executive functions are unaffected by MS.

Blessed are the list makers.

If you are wrestling with a problem or a decision call in the support of people that you trust.

Write out possible solutions to the problem or to list the pros and cons of decisions before thrashing them out with someone you trust.

Make checklists for multi-step tasks, save these on your computer or phone check off each step in turn as you execute it. If you prefer you can make laminated hard copies and use a whiteboard marker to check off each step before wiping clean for use the next time.

Give yourself permission to take longer than you used to to complete the task. Consider speaking to your employer to seek some tailored adjustments or accommodations.

Make ‘to do’ lists. Use pen and paper, spreadsheets or ‘To Do’ apps. Try to prioritise your list and work through the most important and most urgent first. Try not to be too ambitious. We frequently underestimate how long a task will take so add a little extra to your estimates to avoid a feeling of chasing your tail for time. Carry over any tasks not done till the next day – if a task constantly gets carried over ask yourself whether you are avoiding an unpleasant task that needs to be done or is this a task that doesn’t need to be done at all.

Some To Do Apps are reviewed here and here

Apps for keeping tabs on finances and spending are reviewed here  or you might prefer to use a spread sheet or a notebook.

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