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Executive functioning

Not that long ago, I found out what executive functioning means. Once I understood what it was and how autistic people have a problem with it, I felt relieved more than anything. As long as I can remember, I have found activities that involve seemingly complex components like driving a car, planning a holiday, completing a course of study and so on, overwhelming. I've eventually been able to do those things (and do them well) but it has been a slow and arduous process to get to that point. Non-autistic people do not have the same struggles I believe. Still today, I need to make sure I am not doing too much and I am pacing myself. Someone else's routine task is a complex operation for me.


I know what you mean. I am still not able or not good at a lot of the things you mentioned, which is probably why I'm diagnosed with ASD2. I'm very good at the things I AM good at though.

I have learnt that I really have to pace myself, I used to go, go, go, hard, and that worked out really badly, with awful burnout and wipeout. Now, I rest a lot more, I bounce back quicker and I do more things that are stil productive but allow me to recoupe more energy, after especially neurally taxing activities.
I tend to go okay now if I'm doing organisational tasks that essentially benefit myself such as this postgraduate course I'm undertaking. When it comes to organising events involving other people, that's where I struggle.

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