Trouble Organizing, Managing, and Proritizing

If you have executive function problems, due to PTSD, anxiety disorder, depression or ADHD or autism, I can feel your frustration.

Executive function is an impotant function of the brain that can be interfered with by many things including ptsd from abuse and gaslighting, and even ADHD and autism.

People with diminished  execucutive function can have extreme difficulty doing any or all of the following..

1. Organizing materials for a task or project

2. Planning and organizing things

3. Scheduling and keeping up with the schedule

4. Getting things done on time

5. Arriving places on time

6. Figuring out how to allow enough time for all the different parts of a task or project

7. Staying calm while trying to organize and manage things

8. Delegating tasks and responsibilities to others

9. Self motivating to stay on task and keep up with tbe schedule

10. Prioritizing things that cannot all be done the same day

11. Remembering appointments and things you need to do

If you have problems with your executive function part of your brain, you may feel frustrated or blame yourself. Negative self talk will create more anxiety, frustration or depression.

The first thing is to be understanding with yourself. Be patient and plan ahead.

Have calendars, date books, appt books, note pads, memo pad on your cell phone and time clocks with you wherever you need them. You may need multiples of calendars etc.

Give yourself the exrra time needed for tasks. Leave spaces in between activities and appointments, in order to keep your anxiety down to a minimum. You best work is done when you are feeling relaxed and confident.

Be compassionate with yourself and remember that the executive function problem is a real physiological issue in the brain. It was caused by whatever your particular circumstances were.

It is not your fault. Figbting it, ignoring it, or blaming yourself for it will not help. It will make it worse. Your memory will refuse to work if you add anxiety on top of the executive function issues.

Sleep is also important. Sleep deprivation adds to memory problems.

Blessings and compassion,

Annie

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. atribeuntangled
    Mar 12, 2016 @ 01:52:10

    OMG..did you come to my house today? This is exactly what went down today. It is the symptom that stops everything and it happens each spring. Its one the PTSD symptoms of mine that totally debilitates me for days. Thank You for getting it. Perfect timing. Alexis

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    • gentlekindness
      Mar 12, 2016 @ 02:33:56

      Well I thought of writing about this because I was having such an aweful time organizing my planner book.
      I kept forgetting when I had scheduled my clients, right after I had just looked at the book.

      I could not remember what time zones people lived in and was having a hell of a time trying to figure out where to put people.

      Then I realized that it was the PTSD and my getting more anxiety over having this trouble was making things worse.

      Glad it was validating for you. 💕💕

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  2. threekidsandi
    Mar 12, 2016 @ 02:37:04

    Thank you, Annie. As always you are sweet and reassuring.

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