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Overwhelm and Neurodiversity

Most people get overwhelmed or burnt out at some point in life, but the risk is higher for people with ADHD, ASD, or other neurodivergent people. In the diverse tapestry of human experiences, neurodiverse individuals often face unique challenges and strengths. It's essential to recognize that, just like everyone else, they might encounter cognitive distortions, struggle with negativity bias and just generally feel overwhelmed.

So I thought I would write about it and create a tool that may be used, by anyone, but that may be particularly useful for those struggling with overwhelm.

Embracing Neurodiversity and Self-Compassion

Neurodiversity, with its vast range of cognitive styles, is a rich tapestry of human experiences. Embrace the neurodiverse spectrum and remember that you don't have to fit a conventional mold. Self-compassion is key, recognizing that you are on a unique journey that doesn't demand perfection but progress.

Empowering with Brain Dumping

Neurodiverse individuals often have a heightened sensitivity to stimuli and an intricate thought process. Brain dumping becomes an essential tool for managing the intense thought flow. By writing down thoughts, tasks, worries, and ideas, you can declutter your mind and reduce anxiety, making room for clearer focus, this can be a great thing to do if you are struggling to get to sleep too.

Enhancing Structure with Time-Blocked To-Do Lists

Neurodiversity might bring a distinctive way of perceiving and structuring time, making time-blocking an advantageous strategy. Time-blocked to-do lists allow for a customized approach to task management. They ensure that tasks are tackled in manageable pockets of time, which helps to see the day visually and tick things off which will give you a sense of achievement and you can focus on just completing the things that are necessary.

Leveraging Technology for Success

In the digital age, technology can be an ally. Productivity software like offers a structured and visual approach to task management and collaboration, catering to different thinking styles. By using these tools, you can streamline their work processes, stay organized, and meet your goals more effectively. You can even do this in google calendar for free or your phone's calendar- it can help you to remember the things you need to complete that week so you know all the necessities are covered.

Let me tell you though, you are doing okay! You are almost certainly doing better than you think you are.

We all have a tendency to remember negative emotions more than positive ones; that’s evolution. often when we are feeling overwhelmed we have a tendency to think globally rather than locally. thinking about every single thing we have to do rather that the things we simply need to do within the next day or so.

Getting organised and taking one day at a time will really help decrease the overwhelm.

if you are struggling, reach out and ask for help.

I have included a free download for time blocking, if you're old-school like me writing lists by hand is the way I roll.

Colorful Minimalist Half Hour Daily Time Box Planner (2)
Download PDF • 55KB

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