One of the challenges of ADHD (or even a tendency towards it…) is keeping on task. The twin issues of time management and attention come into play daily. If you feel like you're losing the battle more often than not, maybe it's time to shake up your routine with new tools or products that can help you to complete those deadlines, whether they're business related or just getting dinner on the table each day.
To help along this line, I've compiled a list of items that I use and recommend to my clients and readers, as well as some that were shared on Facebook (follow my FB page here) and Twitter (follow TCO on Twitter here) as things they've found really helpful:
- Time Timer - Excellent tool to visually see time passing by, a great reminder of how much time you have left in an hour.
- Smart Phone Alarms – Fantastic way to remind you of the daily tasks that need to be done as well as appointments. Every afternoon my husbands phone goes off at 2:20pm as a reminder that he needs to pick up the kids. Change the sound of the alarm – to surprise you and activate your brain’s interest.
- Whiteboard– A magic tool that has been around for so long– can easily use it in the home or office – suggest putting down your top 3 priorities for the day – not your whole list – just what needs to be done that day. Great visual reminder and you get the thrill of crossing it off when you are done.
- Dry erase marker sheets– 8 1/2 x 11 sheets that stick to walls, refrigerators, etc. helps with lists and notifying the family of reminders, to do lists, and routine chores.
- Monthly calendar by MEAD– shows each month, not day by day. This type of calendar works for those who need to see the whole month at a time - to be able to plan ahead.
- Google calendar - it's shareable and integrates well with mobile devices. One reader mentioned the GQueues app which allows you to manage tasks, set reminders, and other things all in one place (only available for android)
What are some of your favorite organizing tools or products?
Until Next Time...