Notes — ADD Tip o the Day 286

With ADD or ADHD taking notes is essential, like making lists.  But we need strategies even for that.

For notes to be useful, they need to be legible, understandable, and locatable.

1. I use the index cards that are always in my pocket, the envelopes on my desk, and the notebooks that I keep by each telephone.  And wonder of wonders, I have started using the voice memo app on my i phone;  can even note a tune on it!

2. The random little scrap of paper approach doesn’t seem to work very well.

3.  After each note is written, I have made the habit (hard to do and hard to keep) of quickly checking that I can read it and that I will know what it means three days from now.  Remarkable how many of my notes do not initially pass this test.  Takes a little time to do this check but otherwise the time I used to write the note and the time I will use trying to figure out what in the heck it means are wasted.

legible, understandable, and locatable.


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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. 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 Notes — ADD Tip o the Day 286

  1. helpful hint – only one memo book! – or card in your pocket (do you have pockets, or could you alter your wardrobe just a little?) or an iphone. or something. if what you’re doing isnt working, it’s good to try something else.
    thank you very much for writing – it’s very helpful and rewarding.


  2. Joyce Bates says:

    Sigh…alas, I KNOW the scrap of paper approach doesn’t work…so over the last several months (or years, who knows?) I have tried to keep notes in a memo book instead…but now I have a half dozen memo books and am never sure which has what in it. I “sort of” label them…but…I need to get organized to get organized and I guess I just continue to be overwhelmed by that- and end up reading about ADD helpful hints but never putting them into practice!


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