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| 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:
- Define workload and projects into manageable tasks and create a daily "to-do" list.
- Prioritise tasks daily and place work-planners and timetables somewhere highly visible.
- Schedule the more important work tasks at a time of day when you work best and plan more time for reading and writing tasks.
- If possible, take short, regular breaks during the day to avoid overload.
- 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.
- 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?
- 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.
- 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.
- Request individual training in order to make the most of any assistive technology or equipment you may have – it will make all the difference!
- Develop your own “workplace strategy”, working with a specialist in dyslexia to help you manage challenges and achieve your full potential.