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DADHD
06-22-10, 10:05 PM
I have tried and tried to use computer based methods for organizing and it just isn't going to happen. So I moved on to 3x5 cards. They work great for todo lists, and I will continue to use them for that. But I'm always having to schedule appointments and if I use the computer then I'm never near it when I need it, or I just fail to look. I find that if I write it down then I have a much better shot of remembering. Or at the least, remember to look at it. I've noticed quite a few people prefer the paper/pen to a digital organizer. If your one of those people, do you have any special techniques for using it?

ronaldeddy
08-04-10, 12:53 PM
Hi,

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mal2010
09-17-10, 07:07 AM
My lifesaver has been the iPhone. I started out writing things down on various pieces of paper, then decided to buy a notebook so it would all be in one place but then I realized I wouldn't check the notebook so I started writing the most important things down on my hand. Smart phones have completely liberated my hand and made it possible to keep everything in one place. I can take it anywhere and I am less likely to lose it than I am with a piece of paper or bulky notepad.

argie
11-04-10, 12:05 AM
I use a lot of organizational tools, but my main one is my colorful planner. (I tend not to lose pretty colorful things) I put my to-do list on the weekly view of my planner and big events on my monthly view. I program my phone to vibrate to let me know when I have to leave to be at an appointment. I keep my phone in my pocket. For work, I have Outlook to organize my day and it warns me to go to places.

I try to set time in the beginning of the week to make sure I re-write the things I haven't done from the previous week to the current week. My problem with electronic/digital calendars (I've tried Outlook tasks and Remember the Milk) is that I tend to easily ignore my overdue items and concentrate on the more urgent/more interesting tasks. I figure that if I have to keep rewriting things, I'll get tired of rewriting it eventually that it'll force me to do it. (playing on the ADHD's lack of patience when it comes to repetitive and routine things)

Tiffers
12-31-10, 03:20 PM
I have a calendar on my iPod touch, but I find I pay more attention when I actually write something down instead of type it out. I went looking for a day planner today but haven't found one yet. I'll try again tomorrow, as I'm very determined to get one for the new year. This resource is helpful on using a day planner to manage ADD/ADHD:

http://www.help4adhd.org/documents/WWK11.pdf

Tiffers
12-31-10, 03:22 PM
I try to set time in the beginning of the week to make sure I re-write the things I haven't done from the previous week to the current week. My problem with electronic/digital calendars (I've tried Outlook tasks and Remember the Milk) is that I tend to easily ignore my overdue items and concentrate on the more urgent/more interesting tasks. I figure that if I have to keep rewriting things, I'll get tired of rewriting it eventually that it'll force me to do it. (playing on the ADHD's lack of patience when it comes to repetitive and routine things)

lol. Clever! I like that. :)

exptherainbow
02-01-11, 02:50 AM
I use a Circa notebook, the circa desk punch, with planner pages printed out from diyplanner.com

Circa is awesome because you can rearrange pages as you please - so you could even incorporate your 3 x 5 notecards just by punching them and placing them in there. I use a google calendar, too, but I also seem to work better with paper and pen and the google calendar is just a way to double up on information storage in case I lose the planner!

spaceytracy91
08-03-11, 11:15 PM
i found a great planner! it's a moleskine weekly notebook planner, and the way it's set up, the left page is the week, and the right page is just a lined notebook page...im figuring, whatever i think of to add to my to do list, if i can't assign it to a day, i can just write it in the notebook page, then add it to a day next week. also, adding my big events, or unusual events to the weekly planner, I'm more likely to see it than just programing it in my phone calendar. i got it in pocket size, and i hope it's everything I'm hoping it will be!! here is the amazon link if anyone is interested...
http://www.amazon.com/Moleskine-Month-Weekly-Notebook-Black/dp/8862937296/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1312427714&sr=8-1

ljay85
08-17-11, 11:38 PM
Index cards folded in half in my wallet. Fill them up with thoughts/to-do's/etc. Everything, wallet, keys, cards, go into one bin when I take my pants off and switch to lounge-wear for the evening. From there, card notes go on white boards under "unsorted". Then to shopping list whiteboard, color-coded calendar white boards (covering 2 months). I cross them off the cards as I go, toss when done.

I can't do planners. Certain days, certain amount of space, too much structure. I do everything in stages. Stage one: I write all over the cards, thoughts, to-do, groceries, project ideas as they come to me. Two: organize the thoughts on the cards into categories onto white boards. Three: prioritize/plan (about a day ahead, to the weekend loosely) Four: execute day by day.

As soon as an organizational structure becomes rigid, I abandon it. Except for the grid calendars, nothing of mine has lines. Everything is free-form.

Electronic gadgets are too easy not to turn on. Planners you don't have to open. Put everything on the walls. Make it big and colorful.

Simenora
08-17-11, 11:45 PM
My lifesaver has been the iPhone. I started out writing things down on various pieces of paper, then decided to buy a notebook so it would all be in one place but then I realized I wouldn't check the notebook so I started writing the most important things down on my hand. Smart phones have completely liberated my hand and made it possible to keep everything in one place. I can take it anywhere and I am less likely to lose it than I am with a piece of paper or bulky notepad.


Me too!!!!!

I use the camera to photo business cards now. I always lose them , but not anymore. The calendar/alarm clocks are the easiest thing and I can text them to DH's iphone.

I also like a free app called scatterbrain and for gals there's a cycle tracker called pinkpad.

TheChemicals
08-17-11, 11:59 PM
I have tried and tried to use computer based methods for organizing and it just isn't going to happen. So I moved on to 3x5 cards. They work great for todo lists, and I will continue to use them for that. But I'm always having to schedule appointments and if I use the computer then I'm never near it when I need it, or I just fail to look. I find that if I write it down then I have a much better shot of remembering. Or at the least, remember to look at it. I've noticed quite a few people prefer the paper/pen to a digital organizer. If your one of those people, do you have any special techniques for using it?

Same here. I used it for a month and then quit it. However, i know how my mind works so the day i bought it i put alot of important information in it so when i finally lost interest or forgot to use it- i would realize that its not a choice- I really need that damn Planner lol.

eggyolkes
08-18-11, 01:00 AM
I use a Circa notebook, the circa desk punch, with planner pages printed out from diyplanner.com


I love those planners but they are so freakin' expensive!