Is this really necessary? —- ADD Tip o the day 161

Those of us coping with ADD or ADHD can get bogged down in unnecessary work or projects.  I got the proof of the book back, on the net, and after going through 27 drafts, I still found over 80 errors!  I corrected those.  Then it took nearly 3 weeks and $100 to get it back from the publisher.  Fortunately I had saved a list of those corrections and could check it against the new draft.  They had fixed all of them!  Yea!  Then I looked through the draft and found no more layout problems.  Then I started reading it carefully, and started finding a few minor problems.  I would like the book to be perfect and would hate to OK it and have some major mistake show up later.  But it was slow tedious work going thru it again, and if we corrected more errors it would take another 3 weeks and more money.  I wanted to say to heck with it and just approve it and keep the publishing process moving.  but that sounds like ADD doesn’t it? – impatient. impulsive and hurried.  So I ran it by my wife, who is more tired of me working on the book than I am, and she thought just sending it in was a fine idea.  So I did!  Suddenly a great weight was lifted off my shoulders and I’m excited about going ahead with the publishing.


1. ask if this work is really necessary

2. think of the pros and the cons

3. be aware of the ADD tendencies to get bogged down in unnecessary stuff, and the tendencies to be impulsive and impatient and not do necessary stuff

4. get a second opinion


it won’t be perfect but it will be fine -good enough.  sometimes good enough is good enough.

Your Life Can Be Better: using strategies for adult ADD/ADHD should be (“should be”) coming out in January-si dios quierre.

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. I just published my first novel, Alma Means Soul. Your Life Can Be Better; strategies for adults with ADD/ADHD available at, or (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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