I'm following this forum for a few years now, but never participated, so I guess I'm new here I'm going to skip the introduction of myself, I'll write some more about in other forum section.
I am dyscalculic, currently writing my university diploma (degree paper/thesis) and I'm having big trouble with it.
The problems are of course ones of plan making and keeping a line and big picture. I have enoufgh material and also good knowledge on details, but I lack in connecting problems into whole. Do you also having trouble when it comes to bigger tasks, that require planing? How do you approach to them? Any tips...
Edited by NumberSense on April 07 2012 05:14 PM
I find that when doing a large project I need to take a few hours and map out what it is I am doing.. in whatever way works for you. * this can be a large bump in the road right off the start. If you have never had to do this before, figuring out a good coping strategy can be a task in itself *, but don't get frustrated.. you have to find a tool before you can use it.
For me, i get overwhelmed by large tasks.. so much to do..and keep track off.. *hyperventilating*.
So, I use brain storm apps to help me compartmentalize the seemingly large separate project areas into easier to manage categories that are related by what kind of work will be involved in solving or completing that project area. So instead of having 40 large unrelated things to complete this large project.. I have 5 categories which contain the separate sub-projects.. and some categories will have more sub-projects than others. but in this way i have now taken this large scary project with 40 project areas down into an easily manageable and trace-able system.
So basically I break my large project up into a bunch of smaller projects (sub-projects) that are required to complete this large project. I put each sub-project into a category (*eg. computer work, leg work, purchasing ect..) Once they are sorted into these smaller categories, these sub-projects are broken down even farther into the individual tasks that are required to complete this one sub-project.. then each task is broken down into a list of requirements or "to-do's" to be checked off to complete one task in a sub-project.
I have 3 colors of "to-do's" RED
requires immediate attention ORANGE
Get the ball rolling on this
This way i know whats coming up and what i have to do.. but everything is compartmentalized and i don't get overwhelmed by the sheer size and scope of my project.
Then i take a calendar *or in my case my iphone* and I write down milestones when I should realistically have each "to do" in a task done by.
hope i didn't confuse the hell out of you.
Edited by EarlyWarning on April 08 2012 04:46 PM
You May not Live, But you will Die.
I have just nicked that TO DO list.....as soon as I saw it, it made complete sense...
MUCHOSGRASSYARSE......just made a copy and e mailed it to myself in work, this will come in so useful to me mate...