My friend doesn’t say that she has ADD or ADHD, just that she’s too disorganized to get organized, or actually, that she’s not compulsive enough. I wrote about having an appointment book, with room for to do lists, etc, with her at all times. She could put the yellow stickies that she keeps losing in there.
Margaret wrote quite astutely that appointment books and to do lists don’t work unless you know how to use them. Right!! There are many strategies for that:
Make a habit of checking the book and the list several times a day. If necessary, you can use an anchor for that – check it every time you go to the bathroom, or every time you hang up the phone. The to do list needs to be kept short, 5 things max. You can keep a longer one and transfer items to the 5 list as you cross things off. But you don’t check the long list, just the 5.
There are more strategies but these are the basics.
Bottom line: if you have ADD or ADHD, you need an appointment book and a to do list, but they will not work unless you know how to use them. Thanks to margaret.
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(if she has the appointment book with her all the time, she won’t need the yello stickies anymore. Think of the savings!)