To Do Lists? — ADD Tip o the Day 489

“Lists don’t work for me!”

Some people with ADD ADHD have told me that to do lists don’t work for them.  That may be so, because we are each unique, but my guess is they aren’t using them properly.  Then they won’t work.

Here are a few tips on lists, but then I suggest you read Pete Quily’s whole post on the subject.  Lots of details.

A Few Tips:

1. One list, where you can always reach it -cards in my pocket, i Phone, purse, whatever

2. Short – 5 items max.  You can make another longer list, move items off it to the short list

3. Check it 5 times a day.

4. Make sure you have “small steps“, not  a project.  You can keep another project list.

(My favorite example:  “1. find the cancelled checks”   not   “1. do the taxes“)

5.  Some days I need to make a list of one and work from that.  Some days are like that.

The Link:

Pete Quily on to do lists   

Bonus Links:

Lynne on time management

The List of One


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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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  7. Mopsa says:

    I’ve always relied on lists for almost everything. A day without some kind of list is a “wandering day”… And without lists, I forget. Still, I’ve yet to find a consistent system that works for me. Mine is somewhat random/chaotic… I’ve tried your suggestion with the cards with different colors, but it proved too complicated for me to stick with it. I find I only stick with very simple and easy strategies! I’ve been working to find a solution that really works for me…
    (By the way, I’m not sure if I have ADHD-PI, but I highly suspect it! I’ve been enjoying to follow your blog.)

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    • mopsa – exactly! find what works for YOU!. and my system is indeed too complicated although i dont think i wrote it very well and its not quite that bad. You might just use 2 cards. i do recommend colors. or you might come up with something entirely different – then would be great if you would share it on the blog.
      thank you for the comment

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  8. homey –
    me too, exactly
    thanks for commenting


  9. homemakersdaily says:

    Pete Quily’s post is amazingly good. Thanks for sharing.

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  10. homemakersdaily says:

    I can’t function without a list. Without a list, I don’t really accomplish anything. I wander around the house and do a little of this and a little of that. I get distracted SO easy. The list helps me know what I need to do, sometimes WHEN I need to do it, and keeps me focused.

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