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Me, Myself and I + Dyslexia (Half 2) – A life much less atypical


Main on from my Half 1 weblog, here’s a checklist of my prime 5 ideas, that I wish to share, within the hope that it’d assist different individuals.

My Prime 5 Ideas

  1. Know-how – I really like Grammarly. My work pays for me to have the premium version, which is nice, however even the free model I feel is superb as it really works throughout so many various platforms. Plus, I do know there are different comparable items of software program on the market, so use the one that you just like the most effective. I additionally use voice notes and audio readers. Like every part it’s trial and error to search out the software program that you just like the most effective. The one piece of recommendation I might give, is don’t get overloaded with totally different plugins, apps or software program as you would possibly discover you then get overwhelmed. I might say discover two or three that you just get pleasure from utilizing and make it easier to in no matter job it’s you are attempting to attain, if it doesn’t then don’t use it, simply delete it and transfer on. Know-how actually is the dyslexic’s greatest buddy.

2. Alarms – I wrestle with time, nonetheless to at the present time I don’t perceive why there’s 60 seconds in a minute and 60 minutes in an hour, why isn’t it 100 it could make life a lot simpler? It wouldn’t shock anybody that I used to be a late developer when it got here to having the ability to inform the time! Anyway, I can simply neglect about time, or how lengthy one thing goes to take. So, I usually write down once I want to depart after which attempt to work again the way in which. I additionally set alarms to remind me once I want to depart the home.

3. Taking notes – I’m a prolific note-taker in conferences, as I do know I won’t bear in mind what was mentioned as soon as the assembly is over. Additionally, now that so many conferences are over zoom or groups, I typically ask for it to be recorded in order that I can pay attention again to it. Which alleviates the stress to put in writing and pay attention on the similar time.

4. Common breaks & relaxation – That is one thing that I’ve obtained higher at as I grow old. As I perceive my mind higher, and when it will perform at its greatest. If I’m drained I discover writing copy extraordinarily difficult, which then leads me to be pissed off and develop unfavorable emotions as to why I can not do that. So now, relying on how I’m feeling, I’ll re-organize my to-do checklist in order that I can maximize my mind vitality for that day. I’ve no downside with numbers, I can work on them even when my mind is drained.

5. Ask for assist – Now, that is one I nonetheless wrestle with, as I’ve at all times thought it was an indication of weak spot, however really, it’s the reverse. When I’ve requested for assist, and normally it’s round proof checking, everyone seems to be at all times joyful to assist. And by doing this one small step it makes my life a lot simpler, and on the finish of the day I additionally know the content material I’m then producing is ideal, so a win-win for everybody.

Full disclosure, this weblog took me about two months to put in writing. Not as a result of I’m lazy, however as a result of I procrastinated over it. As I used to be laying aside the sentiments that got here with me writing about my dyslexia, nevertheless, the extra I write about it, the simpler it turns into. Additionally, here’s a checklist of the instruments I utilized to put in writing this weblog:

  • Voice notes
  • Grammarly
  • Textual content to Speech software program
  • One supportive husband
  • Helen, who kindly proof-read the weblog

There most likely are spelling or grammar errors on this article, however that is me, and I’ve carried out my greatest to minimise errors. I hope that in the event you do discover any errors, it doesn’t take away from the message I wish to talk which is: If you’re dyslexic, you’ve wonderful potential and an extremely distinctive talent set and if in case you have an employer that doesn’t harness them and help you, then it’s their mistake, as a result of in the suitable tradition and atmosphere, you’ll thrive. Belief me.

P.S Do you assume we may put collectively a petition to get a phrase that’s simpler to spell or an abbreviation for dyslexia? It’s such a faff to recollect how you can spell it. I imply, come on; the spelling of the title doesn’t precisely help our strengths!

Lindsay Miller, Dyslexia Changemaker

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