With ADD ADHD We Need Strategies, But – There’s Puryear’s Principles of Human Nature #1:
When you struggle and struggle with a problem and you finally find something that works, the next thing you do is stop doing it.
I need to keep my to-do list, which is on my red index card, down to five things. Otherwise I feel overwhelmed, can’t decide where to start, and procrastinate.
But I started putting everything on the red card – to-do’s, people’s names or phone numbers, ideas for the blog – anything that I needed to jot down. I tried to stop doing this but I couldn’t. My rule wasn’t working. The red card was the easiest one to pull out of my pocket and the one with the most empty space and the one that isn’t semi-permanent.
So I thought of the strategy of getting a different colored card and using it for writing things down. Then later I could transfer them to the right card, or do them, or whatever. But there are only so many colors and they were all assigned to some function. Stuck!
Then I realized that my appointment book is always in my pocket also and it’s easy to find.. So I put a yellow sticky in the front of it. Everything that needs jotting down goes on that.
1. If you can identify something specific as a problem you can come up with a strategy to solve it.
2, When what you’re doing isn’t working, do something different.
Note: OK, you’re probably using tech for this. How can you apply the strategy and keep your to- do list short?
from Pat- 10 things to do with your family – good understanding of people with ADD ADHD, and if your kid has it you may have it, too, and vice versa. That’s genetics!