Overloaded —— ADD Tip o the day 58

Yesterday I was feeling overloaded.  that is a unpleasant feeling and, the feeling makes it harder to get things done, so then I feel more overloaded.  But that’s exactly what it is, a feeling, a state of mind, a perception, not a reality or a fact.   I know that, and I have good strategies for dealing with the feeling. 

So I used my best strategy.  I got out my yellow legal bad and wrote down all the things I needed to do.  Then I ranked then by importance.  Then I picked the first one and broke it into smaller steps and started on the first small step.  That is a great strategy, a way to cope when my ADD gets me feeling overloaded.

It didn’t work.  I still felt overloaded.

So I got another yellow pad and drew a ten days calendar on it.  Then i filled in the things I needed to do, the various appointments and obligations and then the things from the to do list, fitting them into the appropriate calander square for the day when I might plan or expect to do it.  I ran out of squares before I ran out of to do’s.

The fact is, I was overloaded!  But it also a fact that the overloaded was a perception and not a fact.  I was trying to get more done than was reasonably possible.  I had to readjust priorities and expectations and plans.  I had to spread that to do list out over more than ten days.  OK, that worked, don’t feel overloaded anymore.  And right now I am doing the blog, which is one of things left on the list of five things that I had written down for today.  And only have one more left.   Might not get to it today.  I’m not overloaded.

May have to add this episode to the book – another strategy  you can use to                  Make Your Life Better.

doug      

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About doug with ADHD

I am a psychiatric physician. I learned I have ADHD at age 64, and then wrote two ADHD books for adults, focusing on strategies for making your life better. Your Life Can Be Better; strategies for adults with ADD/ADHD available at amazon.com, or smashwords.com (for e books) Living Daily With Adult ADD or ADHD: 365 Tips O the Day ( e-book). This is one tip at a time, one page at a time, at your own pace. It's meant to last a year. As a child, I was a bully. Then there was a transformation. Now I am committed to helping people instead abusing them. The Bully was published in January, 2016. It's in print or e book, on Amazon.
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One Response to Overloaded —— ADD Tip o the day 58

  1. Pingback: An Excess of Blessings From ADD ADHD – – – ADD Tip O the Day 582 | ADDadultstrategies

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