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How to organize yourself with ADHD

ADHD is one of the disorders, which accompanies me everywhere I go. Yet, I am lucky enough to control it so far, that I don’t need any medication for it. However, I do have struggles with my short-term memory and my ability to focus on a rather mundane task. If I’m put under stress, everything takes a turn for the worse. I often tend to space out, forget words, hyper focus, or way too many thoughts to fight with.

With this post, I’d like to show you how I organize myself with ADHD. Due to this condition, my short-term memory suffers greatly. Especially at work. I always make sure to write down everything. Else, I will forget the most of it.

THINGS I TEND TO FORGET:

Paying bills: Yes, something I tend to forget, which can be a quite terrifying, are bills to pay. Basically, every time I receive a letter including a bill, I pay it immediately online.

My medication: Something I also tend to forget, although I do have to take them daily. My partner takes well care of me, and helps me remembering to take them.

Appointments: I am very ashamed to admit, that I’ve forgotten a lot of my appointments as I was younger and lived on my own. But thankfully, I managed to handle those as well!

Tasks: Any kind of task that someone tells me to do. For the sake of my memory, I have to write it down, else it will most likely be forgotten.

NOTEBOOK

Without a notebook, I would be lost. This thing comes in handy when I work. I carry a notebook everywhere I go. Writing down almost every single word that considers me and my tasks.

“I WANT TO SEEM LIKE A TRUSTWORTHY AND PROFESSIONAL INDIVIDUAL, SO I MAKE SURE THAT I DON’T FORGET SOMETHING ESSENTIAL.”

After each meeting, I go up to my boss or to a co-worker and ask if I might’ve forgotten something. Most of the times, I am relieved to hear that I’ve gotten everything I needed.

Small tip: Be transparent with your team. Let them know if you got difficulties with your memory, and don’t be ashamed to ask them for advice and/or further information. Like this you can be sure to have everything you need for your next task.

PLANER/JOURNAL

Every single appointment, no matter if it’s private, for the office, or my blog, I have to write it down. Anything I need to get done will be captured as well.

A journal is quite essential for me if I’m traveling. Whenever there is an important thought that pops into my head, I take out my journal and keep track of all the things happening in my mind. A lot of my my blog posts usually get started like this.

There are times where I got too many things in my head that I have to write them down to lighten my mind. Writing my thoughts and feelings on a piece of paper actually helps my mental state a lot.

Working in office situation
POST-IT’S

These little stickers are the joy of my life! I stick those little notes everywhere, on my desk, the screen, the wall next to me, my partner’s forehead… Just the casual, you know!

I use these helpers whenever I need to remember something throughout the day, or a task I am currently occupied with. They also come in handy when my boss gives me a phone number and tells me to call in 10 minutes. If I wouldn’t have the post-it’s, I would completely forget about those simple little tasks.

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THE SPECIAL FOLDER

At work, I keep a folder with notes specifically for tasks that are repetitive. With a bad memory, even those can be hard to remember. This particular folder has helped me a lot already. I keep it right next to me on my desk. Every time there is a task I haven’t done in a while, I know how to proceed without annoying any co-workers.

“THIS COMES IN HANDY IF YOU HAVE A LOT OF REPETITIVE TASKS AT WORK. KEEP TRACK OF YOUR PROGRESS AND USE THE STORED NOTES FOR LATER USE.”

Trust me, this method has saved my working butt already a few times. An amazing tool to keep yourself organized in your office.

THE PHONE

I’m surely not the only one: I always carry my phone with me. That’s why I use a lot of apps which help me remind certain tasks. Here is a list of essential apps I use:

Outlook: This app is an all-in-one. It stores my emails, my appointments and my to-do’s for the day. Connecting it to my computer is the best thing I’ve ever done. Since I use it, I’ve never forgotten an appointment! Woohoo!

Notes: If I happen to forget my journal, Notes are the way to go. I can write down anything that pops into my mind and not being bothered on cramming my pen and paper out.

OneDrive: My partner actually introduced me to this wonderful app. Installed on your computer and phone it will synchronize your data. Means everything I write down on my phone, re-appears on my computer. The likelihood that I forget something is equal to zero.

Clue: Now this app is for the ladies. And I am in love with it. I’m someone who takes the pill. This app does not only remind you to take your pill, but also counts your days. It will announce, when your red week is ready!

COMPUTER

As mentioned above, I use OneDrive to synchronize my data. Which essentially means, that everything I do on my computer will appear on my phone. This has proven especially helpful with E-mails.

I also place reminders on my computer on weekends. Since I work often on Saturdays and Sundays on my Desktop, this is something I couldn’t live without.

TAKING NOTES – A PART OF MY LIFE

As you can tell, a huge portion of my life is dedicated to taking notes. This is because I am actually afraid to forget something important, like paying bills, making an appointment, etc.

But this is the kind of ‘lifestyle’ I’ve adapted to. I also get a lot of support from my partner. Be open about your problems, that’s the best way to learn from them.

How do you organize yourself?
What has proven to help you?

Thanks again for reading 🙂

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