Using structure — ADD Tip o the day 185

Structure includes having a routine, or schedule, or guidelines, or requirements.  If we have ADD or ADHD, we do better with structure.  This can include getting up and going to bed at about the same time each day (with reasonable flexibility), three meals a day at about the same time, certain things I do on certain days, my schedule for seeing patients.  The to do lists are also an aspect of structure, and even more so if I prioritize the things on them.

Structure means that things are organized, and that I have fewer decisions to make, and that much of the time I kind of know where I am in time and have an idea of what the day will look like.  It makes things less confusing and less stressful, and that is good for us ADDers.    

doug

I will write on journaling soon and that will finish covering the list of ten things that help.         

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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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  10. great post…structure is incredibly helpful…i remain stuck immersed in the process of everything so following through with something as mundane as structure is a never ending internal battle…i do make my bed every day …no matter what….so nice to have one “organized area” in my life.

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    • thank you for the comment!
      i bet you brush your teeth too so that would be another area.
      most people I think just take the structure of their life for granted, but we ADD ers need to pay attention to it and make use of it.
      and an added benefit is if you feel you’ve accomplished something once the bed is made.

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  11. good comment, we can easily get lost. and thanks for the ideas of how to help remember to use the strategies.

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  12. Marc says:

    It sure helps me to remember that structure is key for both productivity and avoiding the existential soup to which I’m prone towards indulging.

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