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It’s On My List

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There are a lot of things that most people with ADHD have in common. Being easily distracted is on that list. Misplacing things is there as well.

Speaking out of turn is another item. Also, behaving impulsively is on the list.

Additionally, having multiple piles of unrelated items in unusual or irrelevant places, that’s on the list.

We’re more likely to miss appointments, visit the emergency room, die from accidental poisoning (It’s a stat!), be left handed or mixed dominant, tear the labels out of our clothing, walk into a tree or a sign or a wall …

We are also more likely to

We are more likely to be working from a list. Well, from lists. We’re more likely to have more than one list on the go at any one time.

In fact, I’ve often caught myself thinking I should make a list of my lists.

But where would I keep this list of lists, this master list?

Well …

Of course, it would have to be kept in the pile of lists.

Sorry, a little list humor, I couldn’t resist

Lists are …

Our lists are such a huge and ubiquitous part of our lives, and so many of us have gotten so practiced with them.

I suspect that I am not alone in finding old lists in coat pockets and car glove boxes and looking at them and wondering when they were made.


There will be unique things on those found lists, things that identify exactly when they were made and used. And I wonder why I’d have had the need to put those things on a list, how could I ever have forgotten that particular item.

And then I realize, or remember I guess, that the reason I make lists is because I’ve forgotten all manner of things, mundane or important.

And so the list making continues.

And another thing

My daily to do list often serve to remind me of what I’ve accomplished. When the sun sets on a long day and I’m finally dragging myself off to bed, I often wonder why I’m tired.

Things I’ve done are likely to disappear from my consciousness as soon as they are completed. The lists, when reviewed, often make me feel better about myself.

Items stroked off that list are little bursts of self esteem.

And as a master lister …

I’ve gotten quite good at adding things to my list as I go. Little things, sometimes ones I’ve already accomplished that I check off as soon as I’ve added them serve as an account of the day.

So my lists are not just to keep me on track, but also to keep track.

And they serve to keep my spirits up.

But I still have ADHD

And if there’s one thing I know, ADHD can thwart the best of plans. And lists, while being very helpful, are just a tool, and one that ADHD can decommission quite easily at times.

All I need to do to ruin it all … is lose my list.

It’s On My List

Kelly Babcock

I was born in the city of Toronto in 1959, but moved when I was in my fourth year of life. I was raised and educated in a rural setting, growing up in a manner I like to refer to as free range. I live on the traditional lands of the Chippewas of Nawash in an area where my family history stretches back 6 or 7 generations and my First Nations friend's families go back hundreds of generations. I was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 50 and have been both struggling with the new reality and using my discoveries to make my life better. I am a freelance writer and I write two blogs here at Psych Central, one about living with ADHD and one that is a daily positive affirmation that acts as an example of finding the good in as much of my life as I possibly can.

Find out more about me on my website: writeofway.

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Babcock, K. (2019). It’s On My List. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 8, 2020, from


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