We all succumb to procrastination from time to time. But for people with ADHD, the tendency to put things off can become especially problematic. You’ve probably already discovered that telling yourself you’ll “do it later” is a recipe for disaster. Chances are you won’t remember you had to pay that bill or follow-up on that important project at work until you get a late notice in the mail or your boss is breathing down your neck.
Though it’s not often regarded in this way, ADHD is, in fact, situational. Many of my clients are quite shocked to hear this but it’s true. That’s not to say that your ADHD comes and goes, but rather the traits associated with ADHD are only problematic when the environment or context is less than ideal.
If you have ever done an online search for “ADHD tips”, you know there is certainly no shortage of websites, books, articles, and blog posts detailing all the tips, tricks, solutions, systems, and strategies you can use to help manage common ADHD-related challenges. Despite this wealth of information, I often hear from clients that they feel frustrated because many of the strategies they’ve tried have been of little to no help or have worked for a while and then fizzled out. Here are some considerations to help you successfully incorporate strategies, systems, and solutions into your daily life.
Many ADHDers resist routines because well, they’re just that- routine. But the great thing about routines is that they take the guesswork out of daily tasks which can help eliminate frustration and conserve precious mental and physical energy. What’s more, daily routines need not be boring and tedious! Here are some tips for creating ADHD-friendly routines to help streamline your daily life.