Homey’s 10 ADD ADHD Strategies — ADD Tip o the Day 553

Great post

Homey put up such a great ADD ADHD post that I was tempted to just copy it here, but that didn’t seem quite right.  So I’ll compromise, and just copy one of her strategies:

  1. Focus. Nearly everyone with ADD/ADHD has trouble with this one.  It’s the nature of the condition, unfortunately.  This past Friday it took me all day to clean the kitchen.  I kept getting distracted.  I’ve opened half the curtains on the living room windows but forgotten to open the other half.  I’ve fixed milk for my grandkids and left it on the counter.  I’ve given one of them their milk but not the other.  I’ve left the refrigerator open.  Yes, I get distracted.  A lot.  Unfortunately this one is a tough one to fix.  But I have a few strategies that help:  Solution:  (1)  Sometimes I set a timer to work on a certain task.  If I get distracted by something else, I talk myself into waiting until the timer goes off.  (2)  I try to schedule my day in specific blocks.  For example, I prefer to have:

Blogging Time
Cooking Time
Chore Time

If I’m trying to do only one type of task, it’s easier to focus.  If I’m trying to do a little of this and a little of that, it’s really easy to get distracted.  (3)  This strategy seems contradictory to the last one but it really does work.  Sometimes, instead of a traditional to-do list, I make a list of 5 things I can do right now.  I choose one of the tasks, go do it, come back and mark it off.  Then I choose another, go do it, come back and mark it off.  I repeat that process until all five are done.  When they’re all done, I make a list of 5 more.  This can be really effective.

ADD ADHD Strategies

This is full of strategies, did you see them? –  structure, focus on one, limit to do list to five, stay on track (I write down the distracting idea for later.)

Homey’s list of 10 includes strategies for overwhelm, which is what I’m dealing with right now, and one of the reasons it’s so tempting to just copy Homey’s post.

I recommend it to you.


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Distractions, anyone?

 Homey’s 10 ADD ADHD strategies

Bonus strategy:

My wife just pointed out that we haven’t had a vacation in a year! When I’m overdue on a vacation, I get irritable, grouchy, even less efficient, even more distractible, and even more prone to feeling overwhelmed.

I need to plan a vacation now.

Bonus links:

On focus

Another on focus

Coming soon:

Homey’s tip on overwhelm.

Too many cards!


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ADD ADHD and Technological Challenges – – – ADD Tip O the Day 552

 The iPhone

I’m walking again for exercise, doing well. I was delighted to find that I can use my iPhone and dictate things while I’m walking! Great multitasking, conservation of time, efficiency, etc. etc. etc.

But I wish I could find a free app that lets me dictate and converts it to text and  saves it on the iPhone, even when I turn it off. I use Dragon right now and like it, but it won’t save the memos. Have to email them to myself right away. Any suggestions?

I was walking along this morning, had done a lot of dictation, and suddenly my iPhone was stuck. I kept sliding my finger at the bottom, and nothing would happen. I was  just seeing my rabbit picture and the time and date. Frustrating. What am I going to lose if I turn it fully off to reset it?  Should I just take it straight into the shop?

I can’t see real well, especially when I’m walking and wearing my sexy shades.                Took me a while to realize that I was sliding my finger in the wrong direction.

HTML Code?  Greek?  Ancient Arabic?

I probably told you that this website was named one of the top 10 ADHD websites for 2014, right? Well, with that award comes a logo  that I can put on the website if I’m not averse to showing off a little bit. They sent a note telling me  how to do that; they gave me a little HTML code to write in . Where? How? Huh?

The Booklet Proof

I got the proof of the new ADD ADHD booklet in the mail today. I was testing create space.  Looks great. Very pleased. I can use create space for my next book! A few glitches need correcting.  How do I do that?  My copy  that I sent in is in PDF form, and it won’t let me do anything. Do I have to start over from scratch to make a few corrections?

Technology is wonderful!

Isn’t it?


I need to pick one problem at a time, look it up on the net, and try to resolve it.                Call for help if I have to. Yes, that is what I need to do.

Is this what they mean by the term ” procrastination”.


Previews? Or Warnings?

1. Soon I may write a bit about Naturally Speaking, the dictation program that I’m using right now.  It’s wonderful, but – – –

2. My wife says I should blog about having too many cards in my pocket, and how I have trouble finding the one I want. Maybe – – –

3. I’m not going to even mention trying to download and install the new update to the antivirus program.


Bonus Links

from Anthony Good  on many aspects of childhood ADHD ADHD and diagnosis

Another technology whine


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Some days it does seem a little complicated

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Coping with Turmoil — ADD Tip o the Day 552

Arghhhh!! ADD ADHD and all this too!

We’re selling our house and moving to a wonderful community, El Castillo.            We’re excited about it.

But at the moment, it’s like living in a hurricane and an earthquake at the same time.

We’re restaging our house – i.e., totally rearranging – for better showing.

Each showing means cleaning, neating, and shoving everything into drawers and closets. A headache.

Then bring it all back out so we can actually live here, until the next showing.

And monitoring the remodeling of our new apartment.

In the meantime, I’m trying to keep up with my quiet time, exercise, writing, blogging, learning new medicines, learning new Spanish songs for church,  studying Spanish and guitar.

Oh, my!

Strategies for turmoil:

1. Realize and accept that I can’t do it all; this is not life as usual.

2. Make the quiet time and the exercise priorities; then try to do one thing after that.

Puryear’s rules of human nature number three (or maybe it’s number four. I can’t keep up with them) –”When we’re under stress, the first thing we do is give up doing the things that help us cope with stress.”

3. We’re going to take a few days off and go to a resort, and do nothing. Taking breaks is a great strategy.

Puryear’s rule of human nature number five or so:

  “Nothing will test a marriage like moving.”

Oh, by the way:

Oh, by the way, did I mention that this blog was listed in the top 10 ADHD blogs of 2014?

Did I mention that it was number one?

I am grateful and just a little proud, but I don’t want to brag.  Do I?


Top 10 ADHD  blogs

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Everything’s coming up roses!

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Cognitive Maps in ADD ADHD – – – ADD Tip O the Day 551

Cognitive maps

From a course on learning: Starting as babies, we develop two kinds of cognitive maps of our environment. One is directions – go north three blocks, turn left at the pornography store, and right at the next light  –.

The other is a visual image of the landscape which we gradually build up as we explore it.

There’s two kinds, but I’m short one – geographically challenged

My brain never constructs the visual image. I can get lost in our house. In Santa Fe, 20 years now, I still have to look up how to get somewhere, or ask my wife, or follow a map.    I can’t picture where the major intersections are, or anything else.

I also  don’t know where different countries are located, in general. Fortunately, this isn’t so much of a handicap. I do have Mexico and Canada down pretty well by now.

Write it down

This is my strategy. Once I get the directions, I write them down, unless I’ve been there many times. I usually manage okay with the places I go to weekly, but that’s it.

Writing it down is an ADD ADHD strategy I use for many things; trying to hold something in my brain is asking for disaster.

My other strategy is the cell phone, which is a blessing.  Sometimes I can get the GPS to work for me and can follow it; more often, I use the phone to call my wife when I’m lost.  Which is often.

Question of the day

Is this part of ADD ADHD, or a separate dysfunction, dysgeographia, like dyslexia?

Does anyone else have dysgeographia?     


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Where does this road go?


Bonus links

Ten tips from Homey

More on I get lost

Another geography strategy

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I Don’t Wash Wine Glasses – – – ADD Tip O the Day 550

Identify the problem

Every time I put wine glasses in the dishwasher, no matter how I do it, they break.

That’s just part of my ADD ADHD.

Make a strategy

I do not put wine glasses in the dishwasher anymore. I rinse them and set them on the counter for my wife to take care of.

Make it a rule

Do Not Put Wine Glasses In The Dishwasher!

Make it a habit

I never put wine glasses in the dishwasher. 

Now that it’s a habit, I don’t even have to think about it anymore.

Most of life consists of little things

This is just one example of the kind of little things that can pile up to make life more aggravating and difficult if we have ADD ADHD.  When we can identify a problem, and apply the principle – problem, strategy, rule, habit – then our life does go better.


Puryear’s second corollary to Murphy’s Law

If it can be broken, I’ll do it.


One of the reasons I love Spanish -“Se rompio’ el vaso.”  The glass broke itself.

Bonus Links:

Great new free little easy ADD ADHD book -highly recommmended!

Clumsy, dyscoordination, and so on


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See, this one didn’t get broken yet. Lunch in Paris.


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Time wasters and addictions – – – ADD Tip O the Day 549

Time wasters, Addictions

I was addicted to computer wargames. They were taking over my time and my mind.            I tried many strategies,  but eventually had to just get rid of them all.                          Nothing else worked.
Next, I got hooked on Free Cell, though not as bad. It’s gone from my computer now.

Currently, I have chess and poker on my iPhone. I only use them at opportune moments and briefly. I don’t think they’re a problem, not yet.


But there are other things I could be doing it at those opportune moments.  My iPhone has good programs on Spanish vocabulary and on the guitar fretboard. My current strategy is to make myself do those before I turn to the chess or poker, usually.  Sometimes I work on all the cards that I carry in my shirt pocket which constantly need updating.


There are many good strategies for dealing with these temptations – set a specific time to indulge, set a timer for when to stop, and others. Good strategies, none of them worked for me.  Or for Homey, whose post about time wasters prompted this post.


There is nothing wrong with these time wasters. They can be beneficial when they provide a break and relaxation, and many of them keep our brain active and stimulated. They provide reward, a sense of mastery, and escape. But when we have lost control, when they take over, that is addiction.   And we can’t do just a little bit.


Homey on time wasters  ie games -

ADD ADHD and addictions

Me and FreeCell

Some of my other addictions


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Peace and calm.

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Stimulants and Religion, misuse and abuse – – – ADD Tip O the Day 548

Part of today’s post is not really about ADD ADHD, but it’s important.

My friend Ken sent a great post today; I have to use it.

What do stimulants and religion have in common?

1. They can both be misused and abused.

2. They were both the subject of such a great post that I had to put the links here and hope you will check them out.

Dr.Rostain on stimulants (link below)

It’s clear that stimulants are being abused, mostly in college. Until there’s more data, I continue to doubt if they help anyone who doesn’t have ADD ADHD (once we have a belief, it’s difficult to change it. We tend to collect data that supports it and ignore data that refutes it.)  If someone wants to stay up all night, it will help do that but I doubt if it helps with learning.

Benefits of stimulants (Ritalin, Adderall,Concerta,Vyvanse,amphetamines)

If someone has ADD ADHD, medications reduce the future incidence of criminality, school dropout, unemployment, and divorce. ( I need to look up the sources to back up these claims; will try to post them later.)

Ken’s comment – not about ADD ADHD, but too good not to post!

The lesson to learn is this: Bad people do bad things and use whatever politically expedient ideology happens to be best at the time.

Bad things happened in the name of Jesus, Allah or the state regardless of what the scriptures or ideals actually say. They happen because bad people do bad things and not because of a belief system followed (in the case of Islam) by 1.6 billion good people. Until people start to realise this, we will continue to live in fear of anyone who seems to be different to us.

Thank you Ken.


from Dr. Rostain on misuse and abuse and alternatives

Ken’s link

Dr. Mason on the stimulant question   

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” This is what ADHD looks like in my head.”

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