I often write checks on my wife’s checkbook. I often make errors in arithmetic. This causes her headaches. So her strategy was to ask me to use the calculator. I agreed. Next I would need to make this a rule and into a habit. I failed to do so. I tried, but using the calculator seemed like too much trouble, and sometimes I would make a mistake even with the calculator. This strategy didn’t work. So her new strategy was for me to just write and record the check but don’t do the subtractions; she will do it later. This strategy is working great, and I don’t even need to make the rule a habit; I just don’t do it.
The premise of the book is to identify a problem, create a strategy, make a rule, make it a habit. Sometimes you don’t need to make it a habit; that’s great!
I am very fortunate to have a partner who will work with me on the ADD stuff.