Living with ADHD (or trying to) — ADHD Tip O the Day 820

Life can be hard.  It can be harder with ADHD.

The day runs away from you.

You have a list of things to do today. They all seem important. You realize that you’re no good at setting priorities. Possibly some of them could be a waste of time.

The pressure keeps growing because you’re not getting them done and it seems that the list is getting longer, more important, and more out of reach with every hour that passes. 

Its getting later and later.

The day is running away from you. 

doug

Question O the Day:

Do any of you know what I’m talking about?

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Some days are like that with ADHD.

 

 

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I really do intend to do the next post on updates on ADHD science.  I really do!

OK, So what’s going on?

I quit my job,even though I loved it,  because administration was increasingly making it impossible for me to do it well, throwing up more and more obstacles.  I’m spending a lot of time job hunting.  And since I’m off work, I decided to make a big push and finish writing my autobiography, which I’ve been messing with for four years.  It’s for my descendants.  I’m on draft 40.  Hope to finish this week, then publish it on create space next week. That’s the part I’m dreading.  So the blog has been suffering.  Plan to get it going again in a couple of weeks.

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Some Days Are Like That

 

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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. 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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6 Responses to Living with ADHD (or trying to) — ADHD Tip O the Day 820

  1. D K Powell says:

    My days don’t just run away – they veritably sprint!

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  2. rammkatze says:

    Great reminder, Doug! Your “List of one” is still my favourite go-to (when I remember it exists). Even if doesn’t give me momentum, I can still pat my back and say “Well, but you did THAT THING and you did great!” (and I actually do this to myself, out-loud, if I’m alone :p)
    More on procrastrination: I recently cancelled – oh dread! – my Netflix account! I realized it was taking too much of my free time because I was wasting too much time looking for something to watch, then not finding anything, then binge-watching something I loved to the point I got bored and just walked around the house with my headphones, just hearing what was being said and not watching… sitting in front of the PC not really watching but daydreaming… I said enough was enough and cancelled it. The first day was strange but very liberating. Eventually, my DVD-collection caught up with me… :p But I’m still doing so much better! I do stuff around the house, like cleaning or doing the dishes before I run out of clean ones. When I had two days off in a row (I’m a pastry cook, so it only happens every other week), I had the energy and the brains to do some home improvement to help with organizing, and I had some fun! You should see my hanging spice-rack! I showed everyone a video at work and everyone was laughing and clapping at my idea – product of a hyperactive brain! 😀
    Your blog has been an immense help, as always 🙂

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  3. Scott says:

    Hi Doug,
    Yes! You nailed it! I have a stack of lists right here!

    Thank you for your tips and strategies, your blog that keeps bringing me back to using the strategies, and thank you for sharing your own setbacks and difficulties and how you are dealing with them.
    We are dealing with training a new rescue puppy and getting up to speed on the new (to us) positive reinforcement training. I’m reading “Don’t Shoot the Dog” by Karen Pryor and she talks about a man who decided to use positive reinforcement on himself to improve his squash game. Instead of cursing his errors he praised his good shots, even patting himself on the back. It worked and he got four rungs higher on his club ladder than he had ever been before.
    Maybe I can use this to help me get my work done, clean up my piles of stuff, and find time to get out sailing in my boat?
    All the best, Scott

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    • scott
      Yes!!! the positive reinforcement is the way to go. negative self talk, negative stuff we’ve heard all our lives, just makes it all worse. hope you can stick with the positive.
      thank you for contributing your comment
      doug

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  4. Meg Miller says:

    This is an overdue thank you for your tips, which have eerily come at the most appropriate times. Good luck with the job search. I suspect you’d be an asset to any organization.

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