My New Year’s Resolution — ADD Tip O the Day 681

First, I hope you each have a wonderful 2016. Keep identifying problems and working on strategies.  It’s bound to help.

My New Year’s resolution is not to make any New Year’s resolution.  They don’t work for me, probably because of my ADD ADHD lack of willpower.  Plus, maybe I tend to make them too grandiose, unachievable. That’s part of ADD ADHD, too.


But I do find it useful to set goals. Somehow I’m more able to make those achievable. And it’s a good time for me to review my goals, and see what I am doing or not doing that interferes with achieving them. That’s a good strategy.


Bonus Link O the Day

I rarely watch videos, but this one is worth it.

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But, the road to Hell is paved with good intentions.

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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 My New Year’s Resolution — ADD Tip O the Day 681

  1. rammkatzera says:

    Happy New year, Doug!
    Love the video! Thanks for sharing. The neighbour noise is the worst one for me!
    I’m not a New Year’s Resolution kind of person, that’s for amateurs! The pros like me make resolutions every day – and break them :p No, jokes aside, I make resolutions whenever I feel they’re needed. I found out that it rarely helps me to ponder on something for very long. Sometimes I have to make a resolution impulsively on a whim. But it’s been one of my recent strategies: trying to reverse my bad impulses into stuff I need to ponder on and turning the things I react lethargically to into impulses. I mean, the impulsivity trace is there, right? So my theory is, the body needs to react impulsively to something, might as well try and coach it into being impulsive about things that are important. I’m at the early stages, but It’s worth a shot!

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    • The Bully says:

      rqm- sounds like an interesting approach, not sure I understand it, but part sounds like judo – take the impulse that’s already moving and redirect it? please let us know it works out.
      thank you for your contributions


      • rammkatze says:

        Not quite like judo. For example, I’m trying to turn my impusle buys into pondered choices. The opposite is when I see a pen lying on the living room floor and think “oh, there’s a pen on the floor. I should pick that up.” and walk by it because I’m focused on something else or disctracted. I’m trying to make myself identify the situation when I’m looking at an object and think “I should…” and turn it into impulsively doing it. Like I imagine regular people do.

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        • The Bully says:

          ram – thank you for clarifying. it’s tricky about the pen thing – when is it something to just do and be done, and when is it a distraction? but doing those little things as you go can be very helpful – partly gives a sense of accomplishment, which we need cause it motivates us to go further.
          i try to avoid the word “should” – it usually causes me to resist. sometimes use “I need to”

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  2. Scott Marckx says:

    Happy New Year Doug!
    Hope your 2016 is a good one! Thank you for your very helpful posts through 2015. I’ve gotten in some bad habits through the holidays, but am looking forward to getting back on track in the next few days. There are a few habits that have withstood the chaos. Those ones will be acting as anchors to start reigning in past working habits and maybe establish some new ones.

    All the best,
    P.S. Bully? Really?

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  3. The Bully says:

    vicki- exactly! and good wishes to you
    as always, thank you for commenting


  4. Vicki says:

    Always a great reminder to keep it small and simple. In wellness coaching training I learned that resolutions are not effective. Clear definable goals, with small steps, ARE effective. Even if one doesn’t have ADHD, but so much more for us. Thanks for the reminder not to get caught in all the cultural madness. And may 2016 bring good health and peace of mind to us all.


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