Happy New Year Even with ADHD — ADHD Tip O the Day 883

I hope you have had a good 2019 and that 2020 will be even better for you.  It will as you learn new ADHD strategies and improve your coping.

One of the problems we ADHD folk struggle with is time.  Did Christmas sneak on you again?  Are your days a few hours short of the time you need?  Are you trying to go without sleep so you can get more done? (Hint: That won’t work.)

The new year is a good time to look at what your typical day is like, an evaluation.  Mine, for example:

bathroom, including extensive tooth brushing and taking of many pills — 1.25 hours

quiet/prayer time — .5 hours

walking dog, three times a day — 1 hour

eating — 2 hours

exercise — 1 hour

trying to find the thing I just had in my hand — .75 hour

getting my wife to help me find something — .5 hour

doing things I need to do — 1.5 hours

doing things that have no real point — 1.5 hours

trying to figure out which things I really really need to do — 1 hour

making lists and schedules — .25 hour

time with my wife — 3.5 hours

errands — 1.5 hours

writing books — 2.25 hours

paper work — 1.5 hours

trying to decide what to work on on guitar – .25 hours

practicing guitar — .5 hours

studying spanish — .5 hours

reading books, newpaper, magazines — 1.5 hours

facebook — .5 hours

sleeping — 8.5 hours

(non daily — church, fishing,  writing blog, cleaning up desktop)

You may have noticed that this adds up to more than 24 hours.  That’s part of the problem, isn’t it.

I may need to spend more time on organizing and planning the day.  Where would I get that time?

Have a good new year.


Ed started to plan his day. Eight hours slipped by.

Quote O the Day:

“ADHD: The energy to accomplish anything, the focus to accomplish nothing.”

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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 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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2 Responses to Happy New Year Even with ADHD — ADHD Tip O the Day 883

  1. Ken Powell says:

    I know this kind of timetabling well! For several decades I’ve run an 80% system of well-being. By that I mean, along having a daily timetable and weekly one to make sure I’ve theoretically allowed time for all the things which are important (or important to me) I also work on the daily basis that if I get 80% of what I intended to do actually done then I can consider it a good day. More often than not, I hit that (it’s rare I get 100% or even 95!). Meanwhile, I have a list of ‘To Do’ on my computer which means that as tasks which aren’t getting done become more urgent then they go up the list. I try to make sure at least the very top on the list gets done each day. Sometimes there are crises and other issues which means an emergency plan has to kick in temporarily but for most of the time, the system works pretty well for me!


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