The ADD ADHD Problem
I keep losing my car in parking lots.
(Some of you might note that this problem is not limited to ADD ADHD)
When I park the car, say OUT LOUD where it is -“3rd row from the street, in line with the A in the sign.”
Say it out loud every time. Every time. EVERY time!
I drove to the gym, parked the car, and did not follow the rule. I didn’t say it out loud.
I couldn’t find the bleeding car! Took about 10 minutes. I was mostly looking where I’d parked the day before and it wasn’t near there. Had the days mixed up. My key thing has a beeper but it didn’t carry far enough.
When I have a rule, I need to follow it every time, every time, so that it becomes a habit. But for a while I will have slips, but I need to just keep doing it. It will become a habit.
Identify a SPECIFIC problem. Make a strategy. Make it a rule. Stick with it, through the slips. Make it a habit.
Only work on one or two things at a time.
I will remember that ten minutes I spent searching for the lost car. That will help me remember the rule. The strategy – remember incidents, both of success and of failure.
If you haven’t already, a review of either of the ADD ADHD books will be much appreciated. Remember to do that. Even better, do it right now and save your memory for something else.