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  • Anonymous
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    #88160 |

    Two of my favorite websites are

    http://www.flylady.net and behaviordoctor.org

    The first one teaches organization for home and life for FREE (no strings I promise) Marla Cilley has over 550,000 people around the world that follow her advice on reducing clutter and creating a peaceful home.

    The second website is also free and is for us and our children. Dr. Riffel is a behavioral specialist who truly cares about the welfare of our children.

    I also search for Randy Pausch’s of The Last Lecture, speech about Time Management and use his adopted four quadrant To Do list when I’m particularly frantic.

    I promise that if you are needing them, these websites will help.

    Please let me know if you like them?

    Monika :)

    #91779 |

    I also found David Allen’s books on Getting Things Done to be really useful. He put it in a context so that I could see that being organized would give me more time to be creative and spontaneous, and spend less time on frustrating fiddly crap.

    Anonymous
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    #91780 |

    Well, it’s official. I’m a member!

    And having only just been introduced to the forums, I am glad to see organization and time management being addressed; particularly the “organization” part, since the amount of information I’ve processed over the last couple months (here, in books, and throughout the interweb) has been..well…overwhelming (I have 5 word docs full of random excerpts, and the number of ADD/ADHD quiz sheets on my HDD is threatening to surpass the number of MP3s).

    I’m looking forward to digging into the listed resources more thoroughly, and from there hopefully starting work on my help management and time organization skills…er, or something like that.

    Until then, I remain optimistic that I’ll yet make sense of all this info, and be able to properly apply it to my own situation.

    Ty for the post, and I’ll let you know how it goes.

    #91781 |

    Can’t wait to hear how it goes.

    It’s a fun ride. If you can keep from judging or making yourself wrong when you go ‘off topic’ or ‘into overwhelm’ you will save yourself a lot of mental angst and frustration. If you’re in the middle of a roller coaster ride it goes a lot better to just accept that it’s gonna go up and down rather than stand up and start screaming, “This is wrong! Too many curves! I want off! Why is that hill there?”

    WEEEEeeeeEEEE!

    Anonymous
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    #91782 |

    Very good videos, will check out these sites. I am a retired professional accountant-slash-unretired entrepeneur, but I still get overwhelmed with my own great ideas and projects (many of which are unfinished). I hate paperwork, but constantly seem to create more of it (I once hired someone just to do my paperwork filing). Our house is a disaster zone with stuff we’ve bought but never used because we are so busy collecting great books or things that will make life easier. I have at least 25 books on my reading list and are partially into at least 6 of them (and I keep buying or borrowing more each week). Sound familiar to anyone?

    Anonymous
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    #91783 |

    I use an online site at http://www.todoist.com for organizing all the things I need to / want to get done. You can set up projects, give them priorities and dates. It’s a free site but if you want to subscribe then you can get it to send you email reminders.

    The first thing I found when I used this tool is that I have waaaaaaay too many things on my to-do list. So I started pruning it down, but I still seem to keep adding stuff.

    Ivriniel
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    #91784 |

    I just finished reading Organizing Solutions for People With Attention Deficit Disorder by Susan C. Pinksky. She’s a Professional Organizer who also has a daughter with ADD.

    I found the book rather insightful.

    wolfshades
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    #91785 |

    I just joined too. I’m used to making lists but…..I never read the damned things. You’d think I’d learn. *laughing*

    Anonymous
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    #91786 |

    I too use flylady, and it takes time but eventually you get to a place where the house is almost always tidy and things get done. I hate hate hate making lists because I get stressed out when they are not accomplished but since my recent diagnosis I have been trying to do it more and more. A) so i can stay organized and get things done, freeing my brain from one more thing to think about and B) i like the feeling of crossing things off my list. In fact, i’ve added things i’d already done just to be able to cross it off!

    Anonymous
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    #91787 |

    I browsed through the flylady web site quite a while back (before my diagnosis) and never followed through because it seemed too overwhelming.

    Anonymous
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    #91788 |

    Like @wolfshades, I’m quite a list maker but not one to review the list I’ve made. All I can say is, I’ve hit the wall….

    Anonymous
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    #91789 |

    I am just saying hello. Brand new member. Starting the process of getting diagnosed first and foremost, but really appreciative that someone told me about the PBS show, and then from there to this website, which I am very grateful for. So thank you.

    I will wait and see what a professional tells me, but I am feeling like I am in the right place.

    Bill
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    #91790 |

    Hands up anyone who has found To Do Lists effective? Nobody? That’s what I thought. I have the same problem.

    So . . . we’re creative . . . let’s come up with a creative approach.

    What would an ADHD To Do List have to look like in order to be effective?

    I took a look back to projects where I had been successful. There was one theme that kept coming up. I was a lot more successful when working for an organization or person I cared about. For example, while I might procrastinate on my own tax return, if an old friend came to me, anxious that he hadn’t filed a tax return for himself or his home business in the last 5 years, I’d dive right in. If I feel that my work is going to help someone, I find I have a lot more energy to do the work.

    Do others feel the same way? If so, then add a little reminder of who you’re helping to each line on your To Do List and see how much your success rate improves.

    #91791 |

    Here’s my suggestion. Make a list… with one thing on it.

    Rather than a list of what you need to do. Cause that list is endless. I am creative and have a hundred dreams and projects I’d love to pursue, so that list can become a year long creation. All to capture what I’d like to get done today.

    Just one thing on your list that NEEDS to be done.

    I am planning on doing one thing tomorrow, and I won’t be doing anything else till it’s done.

    It means I spend zero time on deciding what to do, or what to do first, or what to put off until later, or tomorrow….

    Try it.

    It’s counterintuitive. But it works.

    Anonymous
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    #91792 |

    i never thought of the one thing list. that just might work. but how to choose what to put ON that list.

    but i think i’ll try that one. thanks!

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