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    Default How to improve working memory?

    Working memory is something I struggle with. I'm a horrible multitasker, and the moment I switch to a new task, I forget about the previous task. I believe this holds me back when it comes to getting jobs good enough to get off disability. Most good jobs that will not be replaced by robots are jobs that require a lot of multitasking, and I am stuck only able to do one complete task at a time (or else do all the tasks very poorly, if at all...)
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    Write it down or get one of those schedule planning apps. Hang a whiteboard in the room and write down your tasks.
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    I struggle with this as well. I find that taking a break from the internet before doing certain tasks helps immensely. I'm not sure why, but it might have to do with the amount of stimulation I experience from the net lingering in my brain.
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    It's a bit sketchy but there is some evidence that playing the n-back game or dual n-back game persistently can lead to improved working memory.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tellenbach View Post
    Write it down or get one of those schedule planning apps. Hang a whiteboard in the room and write down your tasks.
    The sheduling app has helped immensely with long term planning...short term memory still gives me issues, though, and my work is interrupted by customers a lot, and I forget what I was working on. I could get a cheap whiteboard and bring it up there and just rain myself to go back and work on it.
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    @Tellenbach I also need to work on thinking things through in the moment. I make my goofiest mistakes when I get ahead of myself.
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    Write down the mistakes you make and study them. Try to recognize patterns so that if the same or similar scenario arises, you recognize it and won't repeat the mistake.

    For example, I once almost ran over a jogger at an intersection because the bastard didn't even slow down and there were only a few seconds of green left on the signal, but it was still my fault since I didn't look right before I made the turn. Now, I'm more careful of making right hand turns.

    I almost collided with someone while walking around a corner because I walk fast and the other guy wasn't looking; fortunately, I have cat-like reflexes and dodged in time, but now when I walk around corners, I give myself several feet of space.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tellenbach View Post
    Write down the mistakes you make and study them. Try to recognize patterns so that if the same or similar scenario arises, you recognize it and won't repeat the mistake.

    For example, I once almost ran over a jogger at an intersection because the bastard didn't even slow down and there were only a few seconds of green left on the signal, but it was still my fault since I didn't look right before I made the turn. Now, I'm more careful of making right hand turns.

    I almost collided with someone while walking around a corner because I walk fast and the other guy wasn't looking; fortunately, I have cat-like reflexes and dodged in time, but now when I walk around corners, I give myself several feet of space.
    I put the wrong doses on people's medicine sometimes, I put medicines in the wrong bins,when other techs put waiting customer's medicine next to me while I'm checking somebody out during rush hour, sometimes that person gets the waiting person's medicine as well as their own, and I speak gibberish at people rather than actual words sometimes. I'm also really bad about leaving my phone behind in public places like dressing rooms restaurants, or leaving it on top of my car and driving off...same with my wallets. I forget to wear pants sometimes and get into town before I notice I'm half dressed...those kinds of things.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Wailing Specter View Post
    I put the wrong doses on people's medicine sometimes, I put medicines in the wrong bins,when other techs put waiting customer's medicine next to me while I'm checking somebody out during rush hour, sometimes that person gets the waiting person's medicine as well as their own, and I speak gibberish at people rather than actual words sometimes. I'm also really bad about leaving my phone behind in public places like dressing rooms restaurants, or leaving it on top of my car and driving off...same with my wallets. I forget to wear pants sometimes and get into town before I notice I'm half dressed...those kinds of things.
    To be honest, that sounds like it's pretty much on the level of Executive dysfunction - Wikipedia

    I have it to some degree, but it really depends on where my mental state is. Stress usually leads to worse executive functioning.

    I double check, of course, but in order to double check you also have to have an acutely decent mental state that provides some clarity. I also keep my shit in the same place where they can't be misplaced (eg: keys, wallet). Some of these things are basically ingrained (eg: practice enough of it to achieve competency, and rely on being ritualised so you really must do it step by step without missing a single one, because if you miss a step you will end up forgetting something). Others... Maybe not.

    I find that I can pay attention to these things if there's not much stimulus or pressure. Compensatory things for this usually involve controlling the environment. Not something that is fully achievable in every situations, which is why accomodations are often needed (eg: from uni).

    I feel like asking here about tips and tricks for you is probably not going to work because for most people, their advice is going to boil down to 'exercise', basic compensatory tasks, 'brain boosting superfoods' etc, when your problem goes much deeper than that. If you know what your underlying problem is (eg: autism or adhd), it can be more beneficial to seek out the communities that have these people who actually go through the same thing, and their advice may be more applicable.
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