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I can relate.
What works for me (when I actually do it) is giving myself a short period of time to work on a project/task. For instance, the kitchen is a mess and I’m more into reading the news. I go into the kitchen and look at the clock. I tell myself for 5 (or 10) minutes, I’m going to clean. Before I know it the time is up and i’m on a roll, so I give myself 5 more minutes and it seems so easy. I always choose a short time slice so I succeed. Let me know if you try it.

Maybe this should be a diff thread, but…
If there’s a recommended app (i don’t have a smartphone, but i do have a mac) for scheduling, reminding, etc. that would help. Anybody?
I’d also love to use an app that does time slicing/time boxing.

Posted by Turtle65 on Dec 17, 2013 at 2:23am

I basically started with only my basic needs for my schedule then mastered those and added a new step to master. It does not happen over night. It is a process.

Posted by Ivorygirl88 on Dec 17, 2013 at 8:44pm

The thing that is most irksome about ADD is that the meds do not fix it.  The difficulties are still there, but your brain is slowed down enough to allow you to give just a bit more attention to the things that are there to be done. 

In addition to meds, I used “tools” of various types and formats on a trial and error basis until I found what works.

I use a planner.  It has monthly calendars, weekly and daily planner pages.  It also has a hard copy of my address and phone listings.  It lives on the top of my desk and is in my tote when I am out and about. 

My phone’s alarm function will alert me that there is something to be done or an appointment to be kept, but the planner allows me to change things when I must so that I am not running late or forgetting things.

Redundancy works!  I use the online COZI Family Calendar for everything, but I also use Outlook on my computer so that I can see any upcoming conflicts with my schedule. 

I have been using a planner since 1984 and having things written down helps me to remember them and I always know where to look for the information I need.  When computer-based organizers became available, I got the software and instantly fell in love with it.  If a change has to be made, I can make the change on the computer and print out the pages that I need.  Wonderful!

Find the tools that will work for you!  My planner goes nearly everywhere with me as does my phone.  It takes only a moment to look something up in the planner and I have the phone as “backup”—redundancy.

Posted by Dianne in the Desert on Dec 18, 2013 at 1:53am

I just read a suggestion for an iPhone app called 30/30 last week. I think it helps you prioritize and factors in the need for breaks, with timers for each task. I did download it but haven’t tried it yet—I don’t have ADHD, but I thought the suggestion for it in an ADHD forum sounded just like something I need as well—I have a lot of irons in the fire and can use all the help I can get.

ADDconnect Moderator & Mom to Tween Boy with ADHD and LDs

Posted by adhdmomma on Dec 18, 2013 at 11:32pm

Thank you so much for this post I am a mother of a ADHD 6 years old boy Ezekiel. He just got diagnosed about a month ago still going over more tests so all is knew and kind the confuse right now..I know it will be ok soon I do get org and REMEMBER about things to do what is a big challenge to my self bc not a good on use the regular agendas did try all kinds cute no cute $1-$5$50 big calendar etc ...not working so after read this here just sing up to the COZI calendar and already loving it thanks for help me with a new cool thing to help me help my soon. Love it.

Posted by Valeria Lopiccolo on Dec 19, 2013 at 1:48pm

Even though I know what works and what doesn’t for me, each individual is going to be different.  For me, anxiety plays a big part in everything I do and I use it as a tool.  I also know that no matter what the job, if the pain of not doing it is greater than the pain of doing it, I will do it; otherwise it probably wont get done.

With that said, I began scheduling by listening to “The 7-Habits Of Highly Effective People”.  Because of my work and school schedule, I don’t have time to read anything but what is required for school so I buy my books on and listen to them while I’m driving, shaving, etc.  Using a two-page per day schedule, I found I can keep all my notes for each day and not run out of room.  Do I schedule each and every day?  Heck no!  I might go two weeks without scheduling because I feel I don’t need to.  Then I’ll have a month of conflicting stuff when I’ll miss an appointment and the anxiety begins again.  this is when I get back on the program and I’ll be diligent about scheduling for a month. 

The other part of the equation is the ever-present notebook in my shirt pocket.  I’m never without it!  I carry a spiral notebook that easily fits in all my shirt pocket and two fountain pens; one with an extra fine nib with black ink and one with a medium nib in red ink.  Whenever I get a thought or remember something, it goes into the notebook.  After the notebook is full, I “try to” categorize the pages into a table of contents so I can find it again later.  This only takes about thirty minutes per notebook.  While the scheduler is really nice and allows me to keep all my notes in one place, the notebook is my primary source of information.  When I think about it, the information from the notebook is transferred to the schedule, although, I frequently forget to look at the schedule even when I’m sitting at my desk.  I rarely ever forget my notebook because of my love for fine writing instruments.  If it is truly important, it get underlined or written in red and can be found by quickly thumbing through the pages.

Unfortunately, thoughts I need to remember come at the most inopportune times.  Your son needs to understand, these times are the most important times!  Apologize or not to whomever he’s with at the time, he needs to get that thought down…NOW, because ten seconds from now will probably be too late.  My family and friends know when I grab for my notebook, they just need to be patient till I get it down.  One or two words is all it takes to jog my memory later but it needs to be written down at the time it hits me.

My little notebook saves my bacon time and again.  While my wife might have nightmares after trying to make any sense of the information I write down, I understand every mark, word and line contained within the covers.  I know that an equal sign and greater-than symbol to the right means the task has been scheduled for a later date.  Three periods means the task has been allowed to fall off into data-heaven because the priority wasn’t high enough. A slash through the page means everything on the page has been done, mitigated, deleted or rescheduled till later.  It takes me maybe two-minutes per day to write what I need to and another couple minutes to refer to my notebook several times each day.  It works for me and it works for others like me who I’ve taught it to.  For me, the fountain pens are a big part of the equation because I love to write with them.

My daughter, who is also ADD, also uses the notebook and we frequently compare notes and ideas concerning note taking.

I hope this helps.

Posted by Wingkeel on Dec 20, 2013 at 8:17pm

Hey Turtle, an APP that comes to mind that I use a lot is Evernote.  While it is not just for scheduling, I can use it on whatever device I can get my hands on.  It doesn’t matter if it’s an iPhone, IPAD, IMAC, PC, Palm device or whatever, I can access my notes.

The other APP that comes to mind is Pocket Informant and Wonderlist.

Hope these help.  I’ve used both at times but still rely heavily on my pocket notebook and fountain pen.

Posted by Wingkeel on Dec 20, 2013 at 8:26pm

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