People with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder have had their fair share of catastrophic experiences imaginable. Some have succumbed to their failures, while others managed to survive and live a normal life. If you are someone who is struggling with their ADHD symptoms, you obviously want to be the latter.
In this series, we are going to present 75 useful strategies that will help you cope up and manage your ADHD. These tried and tested tips will work for any type of ADHD brain. We’ve also separated each of them by categories. See what works for you, starting with item numbers one to 17.
1.) Click! Click! Click!
Are you too sentimental? Are you finding it hard to part with that 3rd-grade miniature volcano science project or that hankie you had as a kid? You’re apparently in a dilemma between keeping your cherished yet not-so-important items and freeing up some space. Just take a photo of them and file them both online and on a photo album. Now you have a reason to throw them away.
2.) Don’t be afraid to get rid of them! Admit it.
You don’t really need to keep 20 shades of lipstick, or eight sweatshirts of the same design and color. Toss them away, or maybe give them to your friends.
3.) Deal with the paper horde.
Control clutters of documents and emails from taking over your home and your inbox respectively. Stop collecting magazines or newspapers, and in the same manner, unsubscribe from online news sites and other unwanted subscriptions. Also, make it a habit of paying bills online and cancelling paper bank statements.
4.) Try to Label Everything.
Your brain can only remember so much, so stop wasting your precious brain cells in trying to remember small details. If you constantly forget everything, try to label your drawers, cabinets, and shelves that are storing important documents and information.
5.) Find your glasses.
For people with vision impairment, it is essential to always know where your glasses are. You can make a DIY reading glasses holder from a cardboard pencil holder. You can also hang them on your shirt’s pockets. Whatever you do, don’t lose them.
6.) Mark the spot where you stopped.
If you get interrupted while you were sorting out paperwork, jot down a clue or stick a pin to make sure you come back to where you stopped.
7.) Store and Recycle. Stop keeping useless and unwanted paper documents.
When sorting out your mail or papers, always do it near a paper bin or paper shredder, so you can throw away the ones that you no longer need. As for the ones you do, Staple them together, so they don’t get lost. The same process can also be done when sorting out your computer files.
8.) Always take note. Always have a notebook handy.
It can help you remember vital details like phone numbers, addresses, your itineraries, and much more. Jot down every detail you feel you need to take note of. This stores all the important information that you need to remember, as well as prevent you from having scraps of paper scattered around your house.
9.) Keep track of what time it is at all times.
Always have a clock positioned all over your house. You can even buy a waterproof watch or clock you can use while you shower to make sure you’re not wasting time and not late for your appointments every day.
10.) It’s time to get going!
Instead of telling yourself what time you should get somewhere, tell yourself the ideal time you need to leave. So if you have a date at 5 P.M., and the venue is 20-minute travel from your place, then tell yourself to leave by 4:45 P.M. or even earlier.
11.) Pay attention to details.
You’ve already estimated that your travel time from home to your office is 20 minutes. You also need to include other factors, like the time it takes for you to get out of your car and walking to the office, or potential traffic congestions. These are the reasons why you should add a little bit more lad time to your schedule. 20 minutes of travel time can actually be 30 minutes or even more.
12.) The 15-minute rule.
Whenever you plan on what time you need to leave for somewhere, you should always add at least 15 minutes. You’ll never know the potential delays you can encounter on your way.
13.) Listen to your gut.
If you have a hard time prioritizing tasks, you can listen to your own instincts to determine which item on your list should ideally be done first.
14.) Always make use of clocks.
Time is not your friend — but clocks are. They make you aware of what time it is and can also help you schedule your appointments accordingly. You should always make use of clocks.
15.) Mirror, mirror, on the wall.
This might sound unconventional, but you should have an erasable marker handy in your bathroom. We all know how the best ideas always seem to come from the bathroom, right? The marker will let you jot down important ideas that you’d otherwise forget because of your overexcitement.
16.) Keep a whiteboard at home and in your office.
Similar to having an erasable marker in your bathroom, you should also have a small whiteboard at home. Having one in places like the kitchen (in your refrigerator), your study room (obviously), and in your bedroom will always be ideal for jotting down your tasks for the day.
17.) Make use of your favorite music.
If you’re not fond of timers, you can play your favorite tunes and work as fast as you can until it ends. You can also sing along if you’d like.
To be Continued.
This series will continue until we’ve covered the entire 75 tips and tricks for properly managing your ADHD. Part two will be posted next week. Stay tuned.