Requests for your help — for ADD Tip o the Day in 2014

I am asking for your input-

What new topics would you like addressed here?  

Any you like addressed again?

Any changes you would recommend?

Remember that I love your comments, Thank You!

and that you can share with the little buttons at the bottom (that was news to me).

and the reviews for the two books keep coming, very grateful for those.       clik         clik

Lets start off 2014 together on a great positive note!


Quote o the day – “It’s a great life, if you don’t weaken.”

from Jenna clik  

great bad ADD idea   clik

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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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17 Responses to Requests for your help — for ADD Tip o the Day in 2014

  1. mommaadd says:

    I love your books. You make sense to me and I finally understand myself. What a relief. I love lists – I especially love your lists strategy. I would love to see examples of how you filter things from your working list, to your yellow card, then to your orange card and finally to the red. I’m getting stuck on breaking down the tasks. I’m not really clear on it and I’m getting off track (I think). I would love to see just how much you break tasks down to small steps. Do you cross off and start new cards every day (or several times a day) as you complete tasks. I am new to this blog (so happy I came across it), so maybe this topic has been addressed elsewhere. If so, where can I find it? I would love to see actual screen shots or illustrations of how your list strategy works. Thank you for my life easier.


    • momma-
      thank you! great to hear the books helped. and thank you for the questions, suggestions. i think the cards part of the the book is not written clearly enough. i will answer your questions on a blog soon, have about two posts in front of it. i dont know about pictures, not sure how i can do that. maybe.
      best wishes


      • mommaadd says:

        I ‘m glad you will address my questions in a blog. Thank you. I’m not clear regarding everyday routines – grooming, cleaning the house, laundry, etc., and how they are broken down and move through the yellow – orange – red cards, or whether the cards are used only for special projects. I can’t organize my daily chores, OR my special projects! I noticed that someone else asked the question of where one starts when absolutely everything is out of whack – household chores, finances, home maintenance, special projects…etc., etc., etc.. , but I don’t recall that you answered those questions. Every aspect of my life is currently out of whack, too. I’m delighted that I found your book and this site. It all validates what I feel and lets me know that I am not alone.


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  5. Scott Marckx says:

    Here’s something I would like to get better at this year:
    Learning how to put together and live a more regular schedule and how to get back to it when I get side tracked. Sort of make a habit out of enough parts of my life that it becomes a little less work trying to figure out what I need to do right now and just do it so I have more brain left for the other decisions. Things this schedule might include:
    Regular time to get up and go to sleep
    regular work time
    exercise time
    prayer time
    time to get off the computer or limited time on the computer
    good eating habits
    time for others

    Stuff like that. How does one go about getting in these habits and adding to them (realistically) and how does one get back to them when lost?

    Your book has helped me a lot. Maybe it is time for me to read it again?
    Thank you!


    • scott – i have exactly the same issue cause i just retired.
      hope to address it in blog very soon.
      yes, rereading the book might help, may need to do that myself.
      your note is a beautiful outline of the issue, may use it in the post
      thank you for commenting and suggesting


  6. Scott Marckx says:

    On time management: A friend once told me she writes down what she accomplishes in a book instead of checking things off a list. It can be really helpful to see all the stuff you have been doing even during those times when you thought you weren’t getting anything done. It feels really good to see the list of accomplishments getting bigger. I keep a little calendar in my pocket and have been writing down what I do and the time I do it. (I have to write really tiny, but that way I can keep it with me easily and actually do it.) It has helped me to see that:
    1. Yes, I am getting things done.
    2. To see patterns that I might want to change.
    3. To actually look at my calendar–which helps me see what is coming.
    I write in it with a pencil so I can erase the stuff to do and write in the stuff done. I’m very old school, but maybe there is a way to do something like this with an electronic device?

    I still don’t get as much done as I would like, but maybe this will help someone.

    All the best,


  7. homemakersdaily says:

    Okay – here’s another idea. The thing I liked about your books, both of them, was the practical information. I’m a very, very, very practical person. I don’t always care about theories and technical issues. What I want to know is how to fix it. So I love seeing lots of practical examples of how to solve different problems. That kind of stuff makes me really happy!


    • homey – thanks. i like the practical too, but also like to understand, so try to keep a little balance but lean toward practical. or, sometimes, i need to just gripe, which is a strategy (venting).
      let me know of any practical topics/problems you would like adressed, in addition to menopause of course.
      as always, thanks


  8. homemakersdaily says:

    Of course, I know you don’t have firsthand experience with menopause! 🙂


  9. homemakersdaily says:

    I really struggle with time management. I used to do pretty well as long as I used my planner but now that I’ve added menopause to the mix, I’m really floundering. For a while I couldn’t even make a to-do list. I’d sit on the couch in the evening and try but I just couldn’t do it. I finally talked to my doctor about it (along with some other issues – like brain fog) and he put me on a low dose of an anti-depressant. I felt better quickly but I’m still struggling with the time management issue. I’m overwhelmed and keep switching from planner to planner without settling on one. It’s making me crazy and I feel really out of control. I don’t know what day it is or what I need to do. I’ve never been like this before. We’ve also had a LOT of changes. I’ve learned in the past that it takes me about 6 months to switch gears. But these days the changes have come faster than that and I haven’t been able to settle into any kind of routine. I’ve read your time management strategy in your book but I’m not sure it would work for me. I need to write EVERYTHING down so I can see the whole picture. Anyway, more stuff on time management would be helpful. Maybe and how ADHD and menopause are related.


    • homey – i’m not sure my strategies would work for you either, might or might not, wouldnt know til you try. might have to modify it to fit you. do you have to be sure it will work before you try? (rhetorical question)
      similarly with the planner, you dont have to pick the perfect or even best one, maybe just pick one and put the others in drawer (if you can find one with space). use it for 3 mos (or so) and then reevaluate.
      i find writing everything down very helpful, but only if i then make a SHORT list to work off of.
      will try for more time management. just retired, and like you, big change, and struggling to find a new routine.
      “the perfect is the enemy of the good.”
      does any of this fit???
      will do more time management and menopause soon.
      thank you!


    • homey-
      you are struggling, not fun. will try to address these issues more fully soon
      thanks as always for comments and suggestiong


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