, a young adult who has executive function difficulties, describes her experience:
Executive function affects a lot of things. It’s hard for me to keep myself organized and to have a routine. It’s hard to implement structure and organization in my life.
I like to color-coordinate different aspects of my life. So I have different-colored folders for bills and medical information, for example. I also use sticky notes everywhere! I always have a pile of them wherever I am so I can make notes and remember information. I use calendars to help me, too – I have three calendars so that I always know what’s next in my life. I need visualization to help me in every corner of my house.
Executive function problems can also affect my relationships. I get stressed out very easily when I can’t remember certain things because I’m disorganized. So my stress can transfer over to my relationships, too. Since communication is key in any relationship, I express what my limitations are straight away, at the beginning of my relationships. This limits the amount of stress involved.