A New ADD ADHD Strategy for the New Year — ADD Tip O the Day 577

Why a New ADD ADHD Strategy?

One of Puryear’s Principles of Human Behavior:

Once we finally find something that works, we quit doing it.

I have strategies that work, and make my life better, but sometimes I drift away from them.

Do We Need Novelty?

So, do we need to keep changing our strategies? I’m taking a little different approach to my desktop used envelope immediate to – do list. ( my DUEITL)

I turn the envelope long wise and put a line down the middle. On the right, I list the next 5 to 10 things I need to do. On the left, I list the next two or three things I’m going to do. When I get one done, I cross it off, and pull one over from the right to the left and cross it off on the right.

Obviously, as life goes on, I can keep adding things to the right, but never let the list on the left get over three.

So far, it seems to be helping.

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                                          To Do List, New format,              To Do List, New Format

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Bonus New Strategy:

If you noticed the list on the bottom left, that’s my early morning schedule, what I need to do when I first get up. Since my life has gotten a little disarranged, I keep forgetting to do the basic things, and so I write down the schedule – walk the dog,eat breakfast, brush my teeth, etc.   It helps, but you probably don’t need that.

More Links:

Bonnie Mincu’s new course on being productive

I Can’t Use Lists

Pete Quily on To Do Lists

How to Make Lists Work


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 amazon.com, or smashwords.com (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 Responses to A New ADD ADHD Strategy for the New Year — ADD Tip O the Day 577

  1. D K Powell says:

    Great plan! shall adapt me own To Do list accordingly 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Scott Marckx says:

    Thanks Doug!
    This is a great strategy! I’m going to try it. I like that it keeps both lists in the same place.
    As for finding something that works and then stopping doing it, one thing I’m trying is I have a pile of 3X5 cards with quotes I have collected on them. Each day or so I take the card from the top and put it on the bottom, revealing a new quote for the day. When I find something that works (and remember to do this) I sometimes write it down as if it were a quote and put it in the pile so I will run into it some day in the future. Sometimes that gets me started doing it again. Also, I don’t always put the old card on the bottom of the pile. If it is something I want to run into again sooner I will put it somewhere in the middle of the pile.
    Thanks again for your great strategy!
    All the best,


    • Scott- thanks. keeping both lists in the same place is a help if i don’t let the right hand list get too long – (then it can be overwhelming and hard to choose priorities.)
      i like your strategy of the cards- it’s like a custom made reminder calendar. ingenious. will try it.
      thank you for commenting and for the new strategy.


  3. I write down many of my basics every day or I will forget them. I just get so caught up in everything going on that I forget important things like dinner or laundry or blogging. It’s silly, I know, but it’s the way it is. I accepted the fact a long time ago that I need my dailies on my to-do list.

    And I think about this statement you made all the time: Once we finally find something that works, we quit doing it. It’s just so darn true.

    I do think we get bored. I know I do. Part of the fun, I guess, is the problem solving part. So once I come up with a planner or to-do list that works, it’s not fun any more.

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    • Homey –
      isn’t that a mess? Guess that’s just the way we’re made.
      writing down the basics is new to me but seems to be necessary. Now.
      How could I forget to eat breakfast, or brush my teeth – next I’ll be walking out of the apartment without my pants on. So I’m trying to write down a routine schedule. I do try to keep it separate from my to do list.
      As always, thank you for your good comments


  4. busydarling says:

    Thing with novelty is: it’s so shiny and new and interesting…


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