With ADHD, we need to work harder, but it’s more important to work smarter.
When I got back to work after two weeks vacation, there was a huge stack of papers on my desk. I used a very good strategy and started organizing the papers, so I could deal with them more efficiently. That was very wise, and it was a good strategy. Really, the only thing wrong with it was that it wasn’t working.
It took me a while to realize that I wasn’t accomplishing anything. I was just shuffling papers around. I was beginning to get demoralized, discouraged, and stagnant. So I changed to strategy B. I put all the papers together back into the huge stack. I started on the first paper, did everything that needed doing, and filed it away, finished. Then I went to the next paper.
It might have indeed been more efficient to organize them first. If it had worked. But I wasn’t accomplishing anything.
from Puryear’s principles of human behavior: When what we’re doing isn’t working, we try doing more of it.
Tip O the Day: When plan A isn’t working, shift to plan B.
Bonus Tip O the Day: If you are going to use something from a bottle, and you loosen the cap and then get distracted and start doing something else instead, and then come back and think it would be a good idea to shake up the bottle before you use the stuff, it’s a good idea to tighten the cap before you start the shaking. Just saying.
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anon- trust me, i know the feeling!
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I just started to take cleaning joins to earn some money, and one of the first things I did was to empty a bottle of glass detergent on the floor because I hadn’t made sure it was fastened well before I picked it up!