Officehack: Dealing with E-mail in Autism

Officehack: Dealing with E-mail in Autism

Dealing with e-mail in autism can be quite a challenge. People expect you to check your e-mail on a regular basis, but what if you start dreading your inbox?

This happened to me, unfortunately. An inbox is something you can not control completely. There can be unexpected messages – with an emotional impact – which you’ll have to read at some point. What really bothered me, was not being in complete control. I had to check my mail regularly, but found having to deal with mails I was not expecting, was hard on me, and quite stressful. It took me quite some years, before I found a very simple solution to this problem: creating filters!

After creating filters for my inbox, I stopped fearing my inbox! 🙂 It is an amazing, simple solution for everyone who doesn’t like to be surprised in any kind of way.

The big difference is, I still get all the mails I used to get, but now, with these filters, I am back in control of when I read my mails.  By getting this control back, I feel less stressed, and more comfortable checking my mails.

I used this ‘officehack’ for my private G-mail-account, which also receives a portion of my work mails. As far as I know, it is possible to set up filters in any kind of e-mail program. It makes dealing with e-mail in autism much, much, much easier…

I hope this post ‘dealing with e-mail in autism’ was helpful for you. Please let me know in the comments!

The Sensory Deprivation Helmet

The Sensory Deprivation Helmet

Recently I saw something on TV, which immediately drew my attention: a sensory deprivation helmet.

Although it looked pretty weird, it made ‘sense to me’. It is pretty hard to block out al the noise surrounding you, especially if you are in busy environment, with a lot of people, like offices.

So I started googling to see if this helmet actually existed, and found two helmets: the Helmfon and a ‘helmet project’ of artist Jordan K. Reynolds. Both seem to be prototypes, as far as I can tell.

Helmfon

Sensory Deprivation Helmet

Source: site Jordan K. Reynolds
Source: site Jordan K. Reynolds

 I am really curious about the Helmfon and would love to try it someday, to see if it helps and actually works.

It could be a great asset for everyone who needs to get some work done in busy environments, without getting bothered by sensory overload!

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