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Mental barriers to finishing important tasks

I am having to do a financial statement for my father who is in a care home. I have done this several times in the past, and this task has become impossible for me. Dyslexia makes this kind of thing very difficult anyway, but the sheer amount of times I have done this now and the fear about getting it wrong has now, stopped me in my tracks and I have a huge mental block in the way of doing this task. Does anybody else get barriers in the way of important tasks? Can anyone give me tips to get around these mental obstacles?

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Many people have similar difficulties, especially with things that are very important. The one piece of advice I can give is to encourage you to ask for help. When faced with a task that has to be done acurately it's always best to sit down with someone else, to calmly and carefully work together. That will decrease the stress immediately and you'll be able to work more acurately. Go the library and ask for advice tell them you need help with filling in a finacial form. They will have contacts, eg a maths teacher, or a volunteer, social services etc. Getting good at asking for help is a very important coping stratergy for life even if you're not dyslexic! Be open and honest and people will be happy to help.

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First please review the fallowing image from Yale, concerning the dyslexic brain:


Now please answer the fallowing two questions:

1. Have you found that even when you have a topic that you really care about and want to write about, as soon as your fingers hit the keyboard, you lose the idea and don’t know what to write?

2. Have you found that you have ideas flying all around your head at light speed with little to no organization?

If you answer to one or both of these questions then I suggest that you now reexamine the front part of the dyslexic students mind. Do you notice how this part of the dyslexic brain is about three time's overactive. It is this overactivity that I found causes dyslexic students main concerns in this area. We simple have idea's running around out overactive minds, but with little to no organization.

By organizing our thoughts through focused writing tasks we can clear up many of our academic concerns.

Just a thought to consider.

Best regards,

Russell Van Brocklen



Write everything down have a priority or a list of everything u going to do, even the smallest thing, the hardest is in a relationship, but try to play it in your mind and ask keep saying write it down because u will forget


I have the same problem. I look for ways of enlisting help, even if it is to get a friend or someone in my bank or a work colleague to sit down with me so I can talk it through as I work on the paperwork etc. I'm generally pretty open about my difficulties and find people are very supportive.


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