Organize? With ADHD? — ADHD Tip O the Day 902

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An Autobiography

One of my long-term goals is to get organized. After sixty years or so  I have to admit it is either:                                 1. Hopeless or   2. Not really a goal but a process, like controlling my weight.

I’ll never achieve this goal, but if I don’t keep trying, I’ll actually head in the opposite direction.


Set goals, keep them reasonable, don’t expect too much.



Goals 2 – Special Tip

Get Organized


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Short Term Goals

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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10 Responses to Organize? With ADHD? — ADHD Tip O the Day 902

  1. rammkatze says:

    Being organized, tell me about it! One thing I managed to start many years ago (pre-diagnosis) was having folders for important papers. They kept adding up as the need came up. So now I have one for my wage-slips and tax-return paperwork; one for warranties and medical exams; one for finances and one for current contracts (work, electricity, cable, etc). Recently I got a new one: ARCHIVE, which is contracts and papers I might need in the next few years, letters of recomendation, etc. I even put an extra shelf up for them, right over the computer desk, because that’s where I’m likely to need them.

    Then my desk and apartment is a mess. I once sent a foto to a friend (a vanilla) saying “I cleaned up my desk today and it’s already getting messy” and he said “Yeah, that’s a big mess.” I was thinking uh… no it’s not. It’s >getting< there. :p I explained to him that if I pile my stuff in corners in a way that there's place for me to sit on any chair or sofa withouth having to put things aside first, and walk around + vaccum the floor, then it's tidy for me. I first got a polite "okay" that was loaded with judgement, and then a teasing reply "you must have underwear piling on top of your aquarium on a regular day and everything, huh?".

    You win some, you lose some? 😀 Hang in there! 😉

    P.S.- I don't do my taxes, I have someone do them for me. Which costs about half of what I get in tax returns, but hey, I still get some back and I don't have to worry about it… Future goal: do them myself.


  2. Ken Powell says:

    I’ve really worked hard at organising myself – not a natural talent – over many years and do pretty well overall. My latest book though has really done my head in and got me grinding to a halt. So I’ve just employed a part-time assistant online! She helps organise what I write into coherent sections which means I can spend a lot more time writing the stuff I want to (or am inspired to) rather than putting off the stuff which ‘comes next’ but which I can’t face! I now throw everything I’ve written at her and she collects it and sorts it out. I highly recommend a good assistant!


    • ken
      sounds like you are doing great. I wish i could afford an assistant. the only thing that sounds better than an assistant is two assistants.
      keep up the good work.
      thank you for commenting
      best wishes

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      • Ken Powell says:

        Well if you count the illustrator I’ve hired too then I do have two! I’m lucky that I know very talented people in India so I can afford the rates – even so, the expense will probably wipe out initial profits when the book is published. Fortunately, I can afford that!

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  3. holdthatthought says:

    question re: organization, what’re the top 3 issues that you’ve experienced with staying to stay organized?


    • Dinos
      Top three issues of organizing? Just three? That takes some thinking.
      1. My time, scheduling, instead of just floundering around through the day.
      2. My desk top, my papers, instead of letting the pile get so big that I’m afraid to tackle it.
      3. Getting myself to do the things I’ve scheduled, that I need to do, instead of racing after every rabbit that
      runs by.
      Fortunately, I do have strategies for each of these. Unfortunately, they don’t always work as well as I’d like.
      Good question. I’m always appreciative of your comments and contributions.
      Best wishes


      • holdthatthought says:

        those are probably the top 3 things i struggle with too what a coincidence


        • dinos -yes, these weird coincidences keep happening. maybe it could have something to do with ADHD? we are all unique and all so similar, so much in common in our ADHD tribe
          thanks for everything
          best wishes


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