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Struggling in Adademics or at Work

Even with my medication, I often feel overwhelmed when I have large projects at work, or have to do something that really challenges my attention span, such as attend long meetings. I try to keep an updated calendar and take notes during meetings, but I often loose some finer details because I get distracted. Please share any coping strategies that work for you when working with ADHD becomes struggle.


I have trouble taking notes because I have the learning disability dysgraphia, It is similar to dyslexia except it effects my speak and writing. I have also learned that if I concentrate on the note taking I miss what is being said while I am writing. So something like a digital recorder would be good because you could put your attention towards listening instead of note taking. Then if your mind wanders off you have the recording as a back up. It is just a thought, I no longer have to be concerned with meetings and notes, but maybe it could be of help to you. God bless you. Maybe somebody else can come up with some better suggestions to help you.

Posted by Rancher John on Nov 24, 2013 at 12:01am

I find that if my life is stressful, I’m able to concentrate less. Is something overwhelming in your life? I say look there for some answers.

Posted by organizationschmorganization on Nov 24, 2013 at 2:05pm

For keeping myself straight on large projects, I use sticky notes on a flip chart or white board. I find it much easier to organize my thoughts bit by bit on stickies that I can write as they come to me and just stick anywhere—and move around into groups later—than to face a blank page.

The thing that works about sticky notes is that I don’t have to start at the beginning or do things in any order, I can just write down any thought or fact about the project and stick it on the flip chart. Then another, then another. It helps me to get all of the thoughts about the project out of my head. After I feel like I’ve gotten everything “out,” and I look at the chart, patterns emerge in the stickies, so I move them into groups.

I leave my projects up while I’m working on them and add stickies, rearrange, and X parts off when finished. In this way, everything about the project remains visible and “tied down” instead of being overwhelming in my head. Hope this helps.

Posted by marciah on Nov 28, 2013 at 6:28pm

Before computers, I began using paper-based planners.  That was in the 60s - mid 80s.  The odd thing is that today, even with all of the electronic gadgets I have, I still rely on that planner (okay, so I have bought new ones over the years. LOL).

My planner is relatively simple. I have a monthly calendar with tabs.  I use a Weekly page/insert to keep up with multi-part or longer term projects.  I use Project Planner pages to break down the parts and determine how to best handle each.  I use a Daily page when I need to schedule the time to devote to what is underway.  Yes, it takes some doing and it takes some getting used to, but, in the end, it was and still is, the best way for me to do things without bumping into deadlines and finishing late.  I really hate being late with anything.

Today, the only real difference is that I put audible reminders onto my laptop, cell and tablet to keep myself moving in the direction I need to go.

My grandkids, dealing with ADD, are using student planners without electronic gadgets because they need to learn the processes necessary to get them from dealing with single tasks to dealing with more complex tasks as they proceed through school and into college.  Do they like this?  Not really.  They want their gadgets.  But what happens when the battery fails or the gadget stops working?  They understand the logic.  They do not like taking the time to write things out.  Too bad.  It is the tried and true method for learning how to do things, so that will continue whether or not they have electronics to use. 

The schools used to teach study skills.  That isn’t done anymore. 

Colleges and universities used to teach study skills.  They probably still do, but the students do not take advantage of that unless they find themselves in trouble with their grades.

We, as the adults, the parents, need to fill the gaps in the education our children and grandchildren are getting.  It is not going to happen any other way.

Addressing this as an adult is handled the same way.  If we never learned how to o these things, then we have to learn how to do them, then apply them to the tasks at hand.

Dianne in the desert

Posted by Dianne in the Desert on Dec 15, 2014 at 7:08pm

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