It has been challenging to keep all my tasks in front of me but I've implemented a few techniques that might help others.
1. Master Notebook - Forget the planning systems like Franklin Covey, DayRunner, or DayTimer. I've used them in the past and my OCD takes over because I bought all the extra pages such as mileage, phone messages, expense reports, etc. I've returned to a white, 1" binder. In that binder is:
Blank Calendar Pages - six months
Lined Paper - Daily Appointments (or use Word Templates)
Lined Paper - To Do List (or use Word Templates)
Lined Paper - For note taking.
I find this to be a useful method of keeping track of important information. I then transfer information I need to keep (appointments, to-dos, notes) to Microsoft Outlook and OneNote.
2. Google Calendar - This sync's with my Outlook to update my appointments when I'm away and don't have my master notebook handy.
3. Master Schedule - There are times of the day I need to set aside for Bible study, certain daily chores, work, and leisure time. If I don't, I'll work myself into a confused state where I'm always chasing what I need to finish.
4. Flexible - An ADD person cannot be limited by structure. Structure helps us to focus, but being inflexible (sari, correct my grammer if I'm not correct) is a request for anxiety. We need to make sure that we can step away from structure and return to it when needed.
5.Commitments - List them all! I've been removed from my football officiating association because I couldn't make it to the games. When I did, I didn't give %100. It was due to over commiting myself to several things at once. Multitasking and being overcommited are two different actions. The first action relates to doing more than one thing at a time, where the second is being responsible for more than one thing (not necessarily all at one time). Overcommitment for an ADD person is asking for serious health problems.
6. Support Groups - This is helpful, and in some cases required to survive. I don't have a group currently, but there is one in my area. You can google "ADD support groups" and get a host of web sites that will have one in your area.
7. Daily Journal - You can use your computer, but I'm writing mine out. I need to work on my handwriting and what better training than to handwrite my journal.
8. Focus - This is the ultimate issue for us ADDers! I can get bored with a task and wander away from it physically or mentally. So, with the use of meds, it helps me to stay on task. However, I need to be aware of my thought process and use a notepad or Notepad.exe to jot down my "always on" thoughts in my mind. I can't tell you how many times I have come up with grand thoughts only to forget them later.
ADD is something I can deal with. I wonder how many have to deal with it in their own lives or the lives of others. What techniques or habits do you use to help yourself or those around you deal with this issue?
Thanks for reading