Bookkeeping?— ADD Tip o the Day 272

Do I hate bookkeeping because I’m no good at it, or am I no good at it because I hate it?  Or because I have ADD? (can you think of any other word in English with kk in it?)add, adhd,bookkeeping,accounts,copoing with add, coping with adhd,living with add,living with adhd

Maybe it makes it worse to tell myself that I hate it? (self talk, language).  Will try to stop doing that; it can’t help.

Learned today that the dreaded procrastinated avoided task takes less than an hour and is pretty easy! –  if I have kept up the month before.  It’s the procrastination and getting behind that makes it such a chore.

 Strategies: 1. quit saying “I hate it.”

2. Set a goal of doing one account a day; I see that once I get started on one, it’s usually easy to get a bunch done. 

3. Make sure I’m up to date at the end of each month,; don’t get behind.


this addresses issues of attitude, self talk, procrastination, and the dog poop principle -it’s easier to take care of if you don’t let it pile up.

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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2 Responses to Bookkeeping?— ADD Tip o the Day 272

  1. exactly. maybe one of the reasons starting is onerous is that we are imagining the job is onerous, when maybe it isnt, if i have kept up and i play music while i do it. maybe i can think of it as an opportunity to listen to the music and can remind myself that it really wasn’t so bad last time.
    thank you for commenting.


  2. Betsy Davenport, PhD says:

    What I find astonishing, repeatedly, is that when I finally get down to doing whatever bookkeeping type task I have delayed, it is never — ever! — as onerous as I had thought. I can only conclude that it is the getting started that is onerous; and it is onerous every time because I never learn. I learn, in the way that I can describe the phenomenon right now; but not learned because that information lacks sufficient cognitive power.


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