In general, I think most dyslexics find working easier than school. However, many of the same problems rear their ugly heads. Finding a good job and learning how to do it well can be one of the most rewarding and healing parts of adult life. I have been fortunate enough to work with many dyslexics in this transition to the world of work. Here are some of the things I’ve learned. Most are specific to dyslexics, but a couple things are general principles that I learned from my grandfather.




Number 10: When you’re at work, work! It is always easy to find employees relaxing or talking to each other. If you are on the clock, it is better to stay busy. Socializing is best done at lunch or during breaks.

Number 9: Break large tasks into smaller parts. Then use a to-do list, which is clearly visible to track your progress.

Number 8: Use a large calendar. Make sure that all your appointments and due dates are written on the calendar. It also needs to be clearly visible.

Number 7: Always carry note cards or a small spiral notebook with a pencil. These can be used for a daily to-do list and to write down any instructions, name, or phone numbers.

Number 6: Help organize your desk by using in and out boxes or large clear boxes to hold your piles. Dyslexics tend to be pilers rather than filers. Use these boxes to develop your own simple filing system. Use no more than three or four general categories, such as do, file, and save.


That’s all for now. Please see Top 10 Ways to Succeed on the Job  - Part 2 for more tips.

Be well and make a bit of noise,

Dr. Michael Ryan




Dr. Michael Ryan


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