My Best ADD ADHD Strategy – Overdone?– – – ADD Tip o the Day 554

Too Many ADD ADHD Cards

My wife says I have too many cards in my pocket. She’s often right, and I do sometimes have trouble finding where I wrote down something.

Red card – the to do list of five.

Orange card – for to-dos that aren’t ready to go on the red card, or there’s not room for them.

Yellow cards –more things to do, someday.

White cards -for study and for help. Ideas for blogs, music theory to learn, Spanish to learn (list of irregular predicate verbs; vocabulary), map of cities in New Mexico.

Blue cards – the rest of my brain – all kinds of facts I’d like to have available but I’m not trying to learn. People’s names, phone numbers, websites, the city I visited in Bolivia and can never remember the name of.

Green card – media. One side for books I want to read and the other side for movies to order from Netflix.

So I have too many cards in my pocket? Which ones would I give up?

Lord knows I can’t try to rely on my brain.


ADD ADHD Comment O the Day

Sometimes I have trouble getting anything done. Sometimes I have trouble stopping what I’m doing. Often, if I do do something, I overdo it.

Bonnie’s program starts today                                                                                 

Bonus links:

using cards

using cards, part two

to do lists   

 365 Tip's o the Day, read one a day, at your own pace         

365 Tip’s o the Day, read one a day, at your own pace

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let’s stay focused on the main task?


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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5 Responses to My Best ADD ADHD Strategy – Overdone?– – – ADD Tip o the Day 554

  1. Well, of course. If it’s worth doing, it’s worth OVER doing! 🙂

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  2. Scott Marckx says:

    Hi Doug,
    Maybe decide on a card or two that you don’t need to carry with you and can just check once or twice daily? I carry three cards in my little pocket calendar: A red one for my top work to do list that I try to keep to 5 or less things; a white card with my general to-do list and that I write books or other things down to remember later, (I’ll star or circle important to-do things on this card so I notice them first); and a green card for day off to-do lists (the things I want to do when I have actual free time to do what I want, mostly boat and garden projects. My calendar has the phone numbers and what I am supposed to be doing today (like appointments or music gigs, birthdays I want to remember, etc.)
    At one time I made a little envelope for my cards that had inspiring quotes and more permanent helpful things written on the outside. It worked very well back then.
    I figure this is always a strategy in process and gets refined as I learn more or try new ideas. Lots of cards might be overwhelming or it might give you a feeling of security. You will probably know which one at the time and then you can take appropriate action, either cut it down or support it.

    All the best,

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    • Scott – good system! I’m impressed that you can get by with three cards, and that’s a great idea, a different to do list for different situations. I like the idea of the inspiring quotes on the envelope, and the recognition that our systems are in progress.
      For me, I think the lots of cards is a sense of security,as you said. All the stuff I can’t remember I can carry around with me. And I live in terror of losing my iPhone.
      As always, thank you for commenting.


  3. How about trimming them down so that you have only one of each color???


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