Transitional times, like back to school can bring pleasant opportunities for reflection and change.
At my house, the Nasturtiums are in bloom. Nasturtiums are beautiful as a garnish and completely edible with both leaves and flowers giving a peppery flavor.
There are two transitional times of the year for me; the end of the school year and the beginning of the school year. Approaching the end of the school year, I always say, “ I have run out of year.” I mentally begin moving on to the next year. I reflect how the current year prepared me for the upcoming school year.
"Finish each day and be done with it. You ahve done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
I keep in mind this quote and set my sights on to the next year and a centralized focus. I have my goals, my hopes, and, dreams in place. If I can establish a routine, all the better. If I can schedule ahead, great. My goal is to create usable forms and personal procedures. When I do this, I can be flexible and responsive. I am a happy camper!
If I start the next year all up in the air without a centralized focus, all I will have to guide me is luck and frustration. I don’t want to live that way.
I can only imagine that I am not unique in this. Everyone would appreciate a system that is flexible and responsive to change.My tips on how to do this:
PATINS is a great place to find out more. The PATINS Lending Library has organizational tools available that may help. PATINS Specialists can assist with finding your focus. We can help create plans that are flexible and specific. Address your unique details related to organization and executive function. Even set up tracking systems to measure progress.
- Follow a schedule to keep track of what needs doing and when. What can step aside for an immediate need but not forgotten later?
- Annual and/or Quarterly planning
- Monthly chunking
- Weekly reflection
- Daily updating
- Pick a system that is easy to use, intuitive and fits with all the apps and software you use.
- Use a system that will sync with all the devices you use.
- Use a system that will provide the accommodations needed.
- Speech to Text
- Text to Speech
- Searchable Handwriting Recognition
- Handwriting Recognition to Text
- Use of a stylus
- Word prediction
- Alternative keyboards
- Sometimes free is best. MS Office (Office 365) and Google, have calendar/planner/tasks options. Look for add-ons or extensions to make them more flexible.