I have been aware that I do better with lists than without them for some time now. It’s a common thing most people that deal with MS are aware of, and probably not news to anyone.
At the cognitive testing, the specialist spent some time harping on this subject. The part of that that stood out to me the strongest was he said he had patients with far more severe neural trauma than I that were still active, productive members of society by spending the first hour of the work day writing up what they were going to do. That is a more extreme solution than I think works for me, but I have gone back to leaning more heavily on planning again, and I’ve already begun to see significant improvements in my daily productivity. I have by no means arrived, but I am going to continue down this road indefinitely, and I highly recommend the same for you too. It takes a little time to find the right balance, but for me the balance is farther into the planning stages of my day than what I was doing. I look forward to increased productivity in the future as I come to a solution that works for me.
I will say that my smartphone has been great with this, even though it is only one of many tools I’m using. I use Android, which gives me access to Google Now. It is nearly universally recognized as the current front-runner in voice recognition and Digital Personal Assistant software fields. It took me some time to accustom myself to it, but now I can set myself reminders including time, day, location, and people, with just a brief sentence spoken to my phone.
Astronauts, surgeons, engineers – These people all do difficult and dangerous things that require a very minimal margin of error. This is achieved though – you guessed it – lots of practice, and lots and lots of lists.
Here is a wonderful talk given by Chris Hadfield on how people in extremely high-stress situations handle things. If you pay attention to the talk about prepping, you know a lot of lists were made and followed.