For ADD or ADHD, the two most important lists are the list of five and the list of one. The next most important is the long list (everything you need to do). Then there is also the list of three.
Most of the time I have a list of three in my head. Right now, I’m writing this post; then I need to record the new checks that came in (yea!), then do my exercise. Somehow I can have this in the back of my mind without it distracting me from focusing on writing this, which is the one thing right now.
A friend with ADD does something similar; whenever he starts something, he asks himself, “and what’s the next thing?”
This is a form of structure. When I complete something I need to pause and congratulate myself, take time to feel good. I may even need a break. But I don’t need to be thinking, “OK, what in the world do I do now?” No, I need to be ready to move on to the next thing on my list of five, which in my head, is the list of three.
Thank you everyone! – the book has sold over 7,500 copies now, and I like to think that it has helped at least that many people. And the blog has gotten over 20,250 hits, and I like to think it’s been helpful, too. The new ADD book is on the fifth draft; hopefully it will be out in a few months -hopefully.
This has been way beyond my wildest hopes or expectations.