ADHD causes us many problems. Life can be hard.
I believe that every problem has a solution. I know this isn’t 100% true, but it’s very useful to act as though it were. I’ve come up with some new examples.
1. I often find myself without a pen, and that’s really frustrating. I make a lot of notes. If I have a pen.
- I still carry my appointment book and my cards in my shirt pocket, always. Yes, I do have an iPhone. I love it, and use it for many things, but not for my appointments or my to-do list. I’m just old-fashioned.
But two of my shirts have large pockets. When I bend over, my book and cards fall out. That is unpleasant.
- In my new job, I often need to carry confidential papers down the hall. There’s a bathroom halfway down and sometimes it’s convenient to stop in there. If I’m carrying papers, I put them on the counter. Of course, I frequently forget to take them with me when I leave. Leaving confidential papers on the counter where anyone could get them is not good.
1. and 2. If I clip a pen into the front of my shirt pocket instead of behind the card and appointment book, I’ll be aware of whether I have one or not. And it stops things from falling out. One solution to two problems! Great!
- When I go into the bathroom, I put whatever I’m carrying on the floor just in front of the door. There’s no way I can miss it when I go out. Simple.
Note the difference between using the strategy and just trying harder to not forget the papers. In fact, I did that. It didn’t work.
The ADHD principle:
Problem, strategy, rule, habit.
So I need to keep doing these things until they do become habit. Then I don’t have to think about them, don’t have to remember them, and the problem is solved.
First, of course, we have to recognize that something is a problem, not just the way life is. Then our life can be better.
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