I have always been disorganized. There is something about filing, prioritizing, sorting, labeling, and following up that I just can’t seem to fully grasp. After years of struggle, I stumbled upon a method called The Action Method. I spent a little time on their website at behance.com getting an overview of the method, and playing with the free online software. For the first time, it felt like achieving some organizational skills was possible. So, I jumped over to Amazon and bought their book called Making Things Happen.
Reading the Book
I have never had help with dyslexia, probably because I didn’t even know I had it until my late twenties. All I knew was that reading was a skill I was painfully slow in acquiring, and was almost impossible to maintain. No one ever asked me if the words were moving around the page or vibrating or flipping around, I was just told to try harder. Most of my interventions are ones I learned about on my own – colored transparencies to cover up the page, low lumen LED lighting so the light is not too bright or noisy, and a guide to isolate paragraphs. Some days, however, I just cannot read, even using all my little tricks.
Last night, my reading was good. I was able to read to page 58, of course skipping over all the examples given by the author. (My autism seems to like bullet points better than stories.) Words were clear, staying still, and making sense in my head when I read them. Unfortunately, duty called and I had to go to work. Reluctantly, I put the book down.
Today, I tried to pick up from where I left off. Reading was off the charts with a battery of vibrations and movements, causing my eyes to quickly fatigue. Motivated by yesterday’s good read, I really wanted to learn this system and get my business organized. I tried with every possible ounce of effort to continue reading, but I just couldn’t. Frustrated, I threw the book down after covering only 3 pages in an hour.
Try Something, Anything