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by Justin Crick | Oct 11, 2012

If you are dyslexic, the workplace can be even more challenging. For a dyslexic person, dealing efficiently with organisation, communication, calculations, or short-term memory and concentration can be daily hurdles to overcome. Below are 10 ideas to help you improve your organisation skills:

  1. Define workload and projects into manageable tasks and create a daily "to-do" list.
  2. Prioritise tasks daily and place work-planners and timetables somewhere highly visible.
  3. Schedule the more important work tasks at a time of day when you work best and plan more time for reading and writing tasks.
  4. If possible, take short, regular breaks during the day to avoid overload.
  5. Consider how you can best organise your physical workspace; include lighting, furniture, partitions, sitting away from sources of noise, and the positioning of computer technology.
  6. Assess your own capabilities and consider:
    • What dyslexia means to you: which areas present the greatest challenges and what are your strengths?
    • Adjustments: what changes would help you to do your job more effectively?
  7. Evaluate the opportunities to use software and technology, e.g.
    • digital recorders to assist with note-taking; and PDAs (electronic handheld personal data organisers) to help with organisation.
    • software programs: to type words as text from dictation; to read text out aloud; to organise ideas; or to assist with proof-reading and spelling;
    • other technology tools such as ‘talking’ navigation systems, reading pens and hand-held spellcheckers.
    • There is also software to change the appearance of your PC screen to make text more readable.
  8. When working with complex sets of figures, use a screen ruler or highlighter to mark lines across, or up and down, to follow along a column of figures.
  9. Request individual training in order to make the most of any assistive technology or equipment you may have – it will make all the difference!
  10. Develop your own “workplace strategy”, working with a specialist in dyslexia to help you manage challenges and achieve your full potential.