In the chaotic storm of tasks, responsibilities, wants, and needs, having to also cope with disability can make navigating day to day life extraneous. Words like ‘organization’ and ‘prioritization’ can feel synonymous with the work we’re weighed down by, but we can use these concepts to first sort through the chaos and make this work lighter.
Without a foundation to work off of, we don’t know where to start. I find often I’m held back by cycling effects— I can’t do this until I do this, I can’t to do that because I haven’t done this yet, but I can’t do this because I have to do that. Life is overwhelming enough but I manage to make it worse. Previously in this series I wrote about obstacles, read first about how to identify your own personal roadblocks.
Being aware of what is standing in your way is the first step. It may be useful to write down these perceived limitations to help also understand your list of goals.
The organization aspect comes into play when sorting out irrelevancies and determining what tasks either must be done first or must be prioritized over others.
An example I used before was not eating and therefore lacking the energy to make food to eat, here we must prioritize sustaining yourself and focus on issues relating to needs first. Having found a place to start, we look back to our obstacles. Potential problems: low energy, dirty kitchen, no appetite. If we have enough money, maybe ordering in will be a solution. Maybe we call in a favour from a friend, or find an easy food like crackers, or meditate to rest and regain some strength to make or find food.
If we don’t address basic needs first, managing the rest of our responsibilities will be much more overwhelming. We can apply these methods of prioritization or our chores as well— what’s the first domino that needs to fall?