Living with ADD ADHD 12 Hours Ahead — ADD Tip o the Day 493


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Simplicity helps

Living with ADD ADHD

My wife said, “Doug, you’re always living twelve hours ahead!”

I don’t think she meant it as a compliment.

But she’s right, I do.

Packing for a trip

If I’m going on a trip, I like to be packed two days ahead of time, so I have a day to figure out what I forgot to pack.

Get ahead of the game

If there’s something I need to do tomorrow,  I like to do it today if possible. Then it’s done. I can cross it off and forget about it, and tomorrow is easier.

I  get all my breakfast stuff out the night before. The next morning it’s sitting there waiting for me, kind of welcoming me into the day, and making me a little less rushed.

What’s coming up?

I like to know what we’re having for dinner tonight, and what my main task is going to be for tomorrow, and to make my to do list the night before. Just knowing what lies ahead helps me feel more organized and located in time.


Quote o the Day:  “For those  of us living with ADD ADHD, there are two kinds of time: Now, and Not Now.”              (I don’t remember where I got this, but thank you)

Bonus Tip o the Day:  I just got Dragon NaturallySpeaking 12, and I love it. I’m doing this blog with it, and all of my writing. It saves a ton of time and is amazingly versatile and surprisingly accurate. It’s about 44 bucks on Amazon. I highly recommend it.

Request of the Day: I see that Tip o the Day number 500 is coming up soon. I’d like to make it special; would appreciate any suggestions?

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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8 Responses to Living with ADD ADHD 12 Hours Ahead — ADD Tip o the Day 493

  1. KharmaIsis says:

    Everyone around me complains about the same. Not only do I live 12 hours ahead but a week ahead, by Monday – this week is almost over so if you tell me something is happening Thursday, you have to clarify if you mean this or next; a month ahead, in my head it’s been May for at least 15 days already; a season ahead – its already mid summer in my mind; a year ahead (literally the week after my bday I will start to tell people I am almost the next age)

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  2. homemakersdaily says:

    Thanks for letting me know, Doug. Not sure what’s going on but I’ve had a couple people tell me that. I’ll figure it out and hopefully you’ll be getting them again.


  3. homemakersdaily says:

    And what’s wrong with being 12 hours ahead? That’s how I roll, too!!!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. ricky – great idea! hope i can figure out how i did it.


  5. Ricky Spears says:

    For the 500th post, how about, “How to Write 500 Blog Posts (even when you have ADHD)”?

    Liked by 1 person

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