Totally ADD Tips for an organized lifeIt’s 10:17 p.m.  Just got home from a writing class (novel writing…ha! As if…)

I’ve postponed this post for two days past my self-designated deadline.

I’m wishing I’d done more. Wishing I could set a good example. Wishing I was more perfect.

I’m not.

What I am…

I’m fixated on my goal of cleaning out my office.

I’ve filed 13 months’ worth of receipts, and highlighted the date and amount on each for quick reference (thanks to Sidney Parker Holt for the tip on highlighting).

Inspired by my fiction-writing course, I’ve decided to show – not tell – you why I’m not further ahead.

Zoë’s ADHD self-coaching / office-organizing reality show

Right now – LIVE – I am determined to get rid of the box at 12 o’clock.

Zoë's ADHD Self-coaching office organization:  12 o'clock clean-upTo do a 12 o’clock clean-up (a tip I learned from Totally ADD Tips For an Organized Life, produced by, you designate a point in the room as 12 o’clock and work on that section, and that section only.

The photo to the left is my 12 o’clock. Once I’m finished that, I move on to the next point, and so on, around the room.

This is supposed to make the task manageable.

Let’s try it, shall we?

For the sake of brevity, I’m going to give you an abridged list of what’s in the box at 12 o’clock, and what I do with each item:

– 3 immunization records from 1996, 2001 & 2006 – file them (I’ll rest easier knowing I won’t wake up with Tetanus or Diphtheria – whatever that is)

– The Writers’ Union of Canada membership card, 1995-1996 – toss

– Transaction Register of cheques written 20 years ago – toss

– Sales tag for Bow Tie quilt from Nova Scotia, $225.00, purchased by my deceased adoptive mother the summer before she died (1986) – put in underwear drawer; too sentimental to toss

I also find a plastic bag containing:

– old halogen bike light, still dimly glowing – put in drawer w/ gardening tools

– YMCA pool schedule, 2009 – recycle

– Note from ex-landlady – recycle

I put the now-empty plastic bag in bag drawer.

10:43 p.m. – eat last 4 inspirational peanut M&M’s; secretly pray I’m not up until 1 a.m.

[NOTE: it’s now 1:25 a.m. & I’m editing this post]

– Birthday card from 2010 – recycle

– Empty padded envelope – record return address  & toss

– Several empty business envelopes – rip out plastic windows & recycle

10:50 p.m. – check e-mail ‘cause I’m bored

– Christmas card, 2010 – recycle

– Paper coin wrappers – recycle

Box of 1959 black typewriter ribbon

Box of 1959 black typewriter ribbon

– Typewriter ribbon circa 1959 – take a photo & toss (another tip from Totally ADD Tips For an Organized Life) (throwing this out is killing me – I have a 1959 Underwood typewriter; won’t sleep well tonight after all)

– broken name badge – toss

Old mandarin orange crate with:

– framed photo – put in box of photos

– inspirational greeting card about “one step at a time” – put in box of greeting cards

– 2008 bank receipts – rip up & recycle

– 2005 Norton Antivirus disk – toss

– clock / radio / cd player manual – remove staples & recycle

11:06 p.m. – get more Dr. Pepper (teeth beginning to hurt from sugar)

– old pack of matches – toss

– gluesticks for glue gun – toss

– misc. business cards – file some; recycle some

– Feng Shui Tranquility Fountain set-up instructions – recycle

– unopened request for hospital donation – recycle

– paper w/inspirational quote: “Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment” – put on desk

– paper napkins from fast food restaurant – recycle

– really nice red pen – put in pen holder on desk

– Fortune from fortune cookie:  “You are never bitter, deceptive or petty” – recycle (true, sort of; sometimes I’m bitter)

– pad of post-it notes – put on desk

– bitter but funny joke about men & women – recycle (difficult, but enlightened decision; see fortune above)

– old keychain – toss keys, put keychain in box for Sally Anne (donate to charity)

– wire paper guide for fax machine – attach to fax machine

– 4 AA batteries – toss

–  blood pressure machine printout, July 7, 2008 (145 / 101; about the same as right now) – recycle

– miscellaneous Danish Euro coins – toss in Danish bowl

– dried-out whiteboard marker – toss

11:43 p.m. – check e-mail; bored & tired & almost ready to give up & go to bed

Ooh! Facebook message from a friend sending an ADD article link – tempted to check link, esp.since msg. says: “shameful story from the USA” – RESIST TEMPTATION!

–  one green paperclip – put w/other paperclips

–  one push-pin – stab into cork board

– emery board – put in Danish bowl w/misc. stuff (another tip from Totally ADD Tips For an Organized Life – have one container for misc. stuff you use in every room)

–  handmade Valentine from ex-lover – toss (not bitterly; we’re still friends)

11:49 p.m. – Box still ½ full; ready to scream; nose running, eyes sore; beginnings of headache

Giving up the ghost for tonight.  Will finish this box tomorrow.

NOW do you see why I’m so *#&$!)! far behind!!?

Mission: partially accomplished

On the bright side: Nancy Ratey, ADD Coach, suggested I “Try one or 2 more strategies to tackle your organization.”

I decided to use Totally ADD’s DVD tips, and used not 1 or 2, but THREE of them!

AND I used a tip from Sidney Parker Holt’s book, ADD Simplified, so that’s FOUR new organizing strategies in total.

Gee, I don’t feel so bad now.

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