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Old 01-03-17, 04:30 AM
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Staying Organized/ Finding Consistency

Hello all. I don't frequent this place, but I browse maybe bi-yearly. Thought I would try it. I doubt I have to explain my organization issues to everyone here so I'll just move on.

I googled: how to stay organized with adhd

And it comes up with this list from psychcentral:

Use a planner.
Use eye-catching materials.
Keep tasks straight with spiral notebooks.
Have a “brain dump.”
Bank online.
Forget your appointment time.
Sort items using a five-box method.
Purge excess possessions — ruthlessly.

Isn't this a list of stuff for how anyone can GET organized? I try so many gimmicks to fooling myself into staying consistent with anything in my life and it falls apart. It gets very obsessive for 3-5 days and falls off.

The only thing that has ever moderately worked for me is to make going to the gym #1 priority and often times everything else falls into place. It's still not an entirely usable consistency.

Any advice?
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Re: Staying Organized/ Finding Consistency

Hey Jam, Gonna guess you are here because you're concerned that you have ADHD issues. What you have posted are ways that involve just you, getting more productive or manage your time better. If you do suffer from ADHD I think you will need more than just yourself to effectively address the associated shortcomings/problems.

I'm a list guy. Start at 10,000 ft and work to ground level. (IOW General desires to specific actions/tasks.) List of goals w/ priorities timelines. Break these down to specific tasks w/ associated timelines and priorities. You may need an intermediate list depending on time frames. Then work the lists. Planners (hard and soft) facilitate this approach. Review your process from time-to-time to assess effectiveness and any needed changes. HTH, -LN
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Re: Staying Organized/ Finding Consistency

Yes, that is very ironic and I found also to be true: the stuff that highly organized people do is stuff that is helpful for me with my ADHD.

The big revelation for me is that a lot of highly organized people literally take time to think of what would make their lives easier. They use organization for convenience ... not to be good people or just to be organized for organized sake.

I have also noticed that a lot of highly organized people give themselves A LOT of reminders about upcoming tasks ... The hardest thing for me to do (that organized people seem to do so well) is to accurately estimate how long a task will take. I either overestimate the time or underestimate it.

I got papers to sign from a lawyer I hired to handle for deceased brother's estate. Lawyer called a few weeks after I got the papers to ask for me to sign them. I was in the middle of another task ... When I finaly got down to the work, it took 5 MINUTES to do ... I could have done that right away ...

Anyway, I'm always asking organized folks about their systems. And the key for ADHD is to keep everything simple. Be ruthlessly realistic about what you can and cannot do.

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