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bumble
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27 Apr 2011, 7:58 am

Does anyone else here have problems with organising themselves unless they have set routines in place?

I find that when it comes to organising any collections I have that relate to my hobbies I am happy to spend hours organising them but when it comes to thinks like arranging appointments or doing the house work my organisational abilities are awful unless I have a set day, time and order of doing them each week. In fact if I don't have a set routine etc it won't get done because I am too busy organising my collections or indulging my hobby instead, and even when I do have set routines they are organised in such a way to allow as much hobby time as possible. It's all about hobby time.

Am I alone?



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27 Apr 2011, 7:59 am

No. No you're not. :lol:



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27 Apr 2011, 8:10 am

You aren't the only one; though I'll go into phases where I organize everything in sight on occasion (my mother loves those because it's the only time the kitchen cupboards get cleaned and neatened up :) ).


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27 Apr 2011, 8:13 am

Close - for me, the main iszsue is that outside pressures block organization and often disrupt even the most basic routines.

Next week - Tuesday - I am due to attend a meeting in another city. This tuime I do not have to prepare for it - so it will only take me a week to get back on track - if nothing gets in the way.



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27 Apr 2011, 8:19 am

musicislife wrote:
You aren't the only one; though I'll go into phases where I organize everything in sight on occasion (my mother loves those because it's the only time the kitchen cupboards get cleaned and neatened up :) ).


I can do that sometimes but usually when things have gotten so disorganised that I feel the need to go on a mad organise everything in my own little universe spree.



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27 Apr 2011, 8:21 am

Philologos wrote:
Close - for me, the main iszsue is that outside pressures block organization and often disrupt even the most basic routines.

Next week - Tuesday - I am due to attend a meeting in another city. This tuime I do not have to prepare for it - so it will only take me a week to get back on track - if nothing gets in the way.


Outside pressures are a nightmare when they disrupt your routines. Even going to an unexpected drs appointment can throw the rest of my day out and that can throw the rest of the week out and...then its chaos!



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27 Apr 2011, 9:19 am

Oh... I can very much relate to everything said in this thread...


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27 Apr 2011, 9:21 am

My hobbies are always infinitely more interesting than doing what I'm supposed to be doing.


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27 Apr 2011, 1:18 pm

If I have a day off and plenty of time to get things done, I get virtually nothing done. If I don't have a set routine I get lost. This happened yesterday and I spent the day feeling like I was in a fog. It was actually hard to form sentences in my own head. :?



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27 Apr 2011, 2:32 pm

bumble wrote:
Does anyone else here have problems with organising themselves unless they have set routines in place?



Uh.

Yeah.

Big time.

It's probably one of my biggest problems. That and theory of mind stuff. I am amazed how clueless I can be about people stuff.


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28 Apr 2011, 1:28 am

You are not the only one. I am either super organized or a complete mess. There is nothing in between. Exactly like you, I can spend hours organizing something that I am interested in. If something does not interest me, though, even a minute feels like a year.


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28 Apr 2011, 2:45 am

I have severe problems with organization. I have an upper limit beyond which it seems to take geometrically larger amounts of an energy to maintain organization, and I am pretty close to that upper limit right now.

I also find that when I have to do things outside my routines, it can disrupt my day or my week, depending. I mean things like filling out forms, or making phone calls, going to an appointment, going to the store, helping someone else with something. At the very minimum I generally have to decompress for a period of time before I can do anything else, which often includes being able to get back to my routine.



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28 Apr 2011, 12:43 pm

Nothing spoils my day like having a task that MUST be done. While I have a strong routine, its aim is not seeing to it that must-dos are done, rather it's to tie up my time with easy and familiar tasks so the must-do must be put off until tomorrow. And, predictably, tomorrow there will be no time either. The only way around this is to make a bargain with myself to spend a brief time, say 10 minutes, on the must-do, after which I can return to the routine. Sometimes I find the must-do isn't so bad and I will work on it until it is finished, or substantially so. But just as often, there will be a week or month or decade of 10-minute sessions; eventually they may even become part of the routine.



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30 Apr 2011, 11:52 pm

Massive, massive problems without routines--don't handle change to routines well either. Change=collapse.



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01 May 2011, 12:01 am

I have to have my routines but when it comes to objects I am seriously organizationally challenged.



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01 May 2011, 7:03 am

The catch 22 when you have ADD-inattentive is that you need structure and routine but find it very difficult to establish it. When they do brain scans on people with ADD-PI while performing a difficult mental task, they find that prefrontal cortex activity actually decreases.