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Flexibility is the New Black

Photo by Francisco Gonzalez
Photo by Francisco Gonzalez

One thing I’ve learned about living life while Bipolar, is, ya gotta be flexible. I mean, you never know when a mood will strike you – good or bad, down or up, fast or slow – and you’ve got to be ready to take advantage of the good, and get through the bad.

 

Tricks and Strategies

I’ve written a lot in past articles about my tricks and strategies for living successfully with Bipolar disorder: supreme organization, tight schedules, religious meds and doctor visits, and positive self-talk. I’ve even written asking for ideas for more strategies to get through the tough times. A toolbox full of strategies for anyone living with a mental illness is a necessity, not a luxury.

So, when I struggled this week back at work after nearly two weeks off, I looked around for something new; something I hadn’t tried yet. So, I thought I’d better share my latest find: Focus @ Will. An app that blends my two favorite strategies: timer and acoustics, to stay focused on work that is cognitively demanding when you just don’t have it in you.

 

Photo by Jussi Linkola
Photo by Jussi Linkola

I’ve used the Pomodoro timer technique for several years, working in two-50 minute blocks of time with a 30-minute bio break. I also like the sound of working while at Starbucks or Panera, but hate the crowds and the feeling like I have to keep buying something. I am an introvert by nature and while I like the sound, the movement out of the corner of my eye can drag me off task.

 

 

Focus @ Will lets you set a timer for your work session with a nice little chime when your time is up and a gauge to log your productivity percentage while at work. They give you several choices of ambient sounds and brain-focusing music during your timed session. I like to use ear buds with the app even alone at home.

Photo by Francisco Gonzalez
Photo by Francisco Gonzalez

 

I work and study on average of 50 plus hours a week, and even with meds, find I am frequently distracted by my own thoughts. If you are too, give this app a try and let me know how you like it. And no, I’m not being paid to advertise it. I just want to offer new strategies when I see them.

Flexibility is the New Black

Lisa Keith, Psy.D.

September 29, 2014 Lisa Keith,Lisa.Keith Psy.D. is a 20-plus year veteran special education teacher who has taught grades K-12 and now teaches graduate students who want to grow up to be special ed. teachers. When she’s not teaching or academically engaged, she is completely engrossed in 49er football or the art of Zentangle. A typical day for Lisa begins at 4 a.m. to check email, Pinterest and journal, followed by a hefty dose of coffee and hours of study. You can learn more about her here: http://grad.fresno.edu/faculty/lisa-keith-psyd


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APA Reference
, . (2015). Flexibility is the New Black. Psych Central. Retrieved on May 24, 2018, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/bipolar-lifehacks/2015/01/flexibility-is-the-new-black/

 

Last updated: 9 Jan 2015
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 9 Jan 2015
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