The scientific term is ‘poor working memory.’ It’s forgetfulness. The ability to hold things in your mind. When your brain flits around like a butterfly on steroids, remembering why you went upstairs to the bedroom can be a challenge. Yes, everyone misplaces their keys. But every day? Day after day? Even if they have a special hook to hang their keys? This sense of always feeling lost and missing what’s going on is classic ADHD and ADD
umesh (VOICE OVER)
Inattention comes in many forms.
…Is often forgetful in daily activities.
I’m Doctor Umesh Jain. One of the classic clichés from popular entertainment is the Absent Minded Professor. Considering that as many as 50% of Gifted children fall under the ADHD Spectrum, there may be some truth to that.
… The Absent Minded person is literally that, absent. They can’t remember where they put their keys because they were a million miles away when they set them down … Now and then, we all lose our keys, but when you lose them every day and sometime many times in a day, something is wrong. The person is lost in thought…
(MUTTERING) Phone… Phone…
(MUTTERING) I had it a moment ago…
Umbrella, phone, briefcase… Briefcase? I just had it!
Where is it? Oh come on! This is crazy! I don’t have time for this…. Forget it!
How could I?….
Okay, briefcase, umbrella, phone, sunglasses… Sunglasses?
Where’s my wallet? Has anyone seen my… never mind.
Okay, briefcase, umbrella, phone, wallet, sunglasses…
Sunglasses… I had them just a…
Oh, come on, I had them just a minute ago… What the…
Irresponsible! That is what the ADDer hears all the time. Imagine the shot to their self esteem let alone their own feelings of frustration and lack of confidence.
To everyone else, these are simple habits. But when you are lost in thought and/or haven’t mastered the habits, the organizational tasks seem overwhelming.
I bet you he’ll get to the corner before he notices the breeze on his legs.
So what’s the answer?
Simple. Get a bucket.
Or an old ash tray. A box. Near the front door. You walk in. Empty your pockets. You leave, you fill them.
Five things you should have: your keys, your phone (which has a clock on it, otherwise wear a watch), your pen, your wallet with at least 5 dollars to anticipate most emergencies, and some type of calendar (paper or electronic). If you wears glasses, add it to the list. Guess what, tomorrow morning the gremlins haven’t moved it and the organizational day begins hopeful.
show bill coming out the door, checking his five things and heading off.
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