Kristi Kragthorpe has found calender apps invaluable since her brain injury. She uses them to remember appointments, but also to keep track of how she's spending her energy. If she has something to do in the morning can she also commitment to something in the afternoon?
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One of the things that I do better now, by using apps, is that I will stop and think and know that maybe I need to look in the calendar to see if I'm going to do something if somebody asks me to do something. At the beginning, before I started using my iPhone, I would say yes I would just immediately jump into something and not think about, "Wait a minute. What's going on? How's my energy level? Can I really ... do I have that amount of energy? Do I have the time?" So I'll check then. I'll check my calendar to see whether or not I am doing something. First of all, for time management, but also to be able to see that if the activity that they're asking me to do is something that could affect something I really need to be doing in the future. For instance, I'll be looking into two or three days out and see if I really need a lot more energy for those activities or the one that I'm at now and I might postpone or move or say no to the activity that I'm being asked to do. That I think was a huge impact on me. This video was produced by BrainLine thanks to generous support from the Infinite Hero Foundation.
Kristi Kragthorpe works as a co-curriculum designer and trainer for Brain Education Strategies Technology (BEST). Following a brain injury herself, Kristi learned how to use technology to develop strategies that were vital to her maximizing her own independence.