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  • Have more structure in my daily schedule: morning routine, morning work time, lunch, afternoon work time, dinner, relax and decompress, evening routine
  • Use the Pomodoro technique (four 25-minute focus blocks, each followed by a five-minute break, and a long 30-minute break at the end of the fourth cycle) with my work and writing to help me avoid hyper-focusing and burning out
  • Begin using new apps: Tiimo to help with routines and time management throughout the day; Google Tasks to help with small things to-do day-to-day; and myNoise.net for ambient noise to help me focus and sleep better
  • Allow myself to stim when I need to and add in new things to help me do that, like an under-the-desk bike peddler and creating a Spotify playlist with music that I can stim to
  • Take CBD oil every day to help manage my anxiety
  • Set more boundaries around calls and meetings, like: Build in 15–20 minutes before a call/meeting starts to get ready; Build in 30 minutes after a call/meeting to decompress and prepare for the next task; Phone calls unless it’s critically important that it include video; No unscheduled/impromptu video calls or FaceTime calls; If someone needs to get a hold of me, text me before calling; No meetings before 10am to allow me to go through my morning routine and start my day off right; and, Have agendas prepared ahead of time for meetings/calls
  • Fidgeting with my hands when I get overstimulated
  • Throwing a ball against a wall when I’m stressed
  • Always following the exact same routine, step by step, each morning and evening
  • Putting everything on Trello to keep me from forgetting things and getting overwhelmed by a lack of structure and clarity
  • Constantly listening to music all day long to help balance my mood and navigate my emotions
  • Getting anxious and uncomfortable in big crowds and in places where I feel overstimulated or over-extended
  • Over-thinking and perseverating on some things for a long time
  • Having a hard time switching tasks or jumping quickly from one thing to another

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Brady Hummel

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Queer. Autistic. Non-binary. Freelance writer, editor, audio storyteller and communications consultant. Stories change the world. www.bradyhummelwrites.com