5 Ways to Be Organized When You Have ADHD
by Cris Sgrott-Wheedleton
Proper organization takes dedication, no matter who you are. For those with ADHD, it can be even more difficult, but definitely not impossible! So how can you stay organized when your mind is trying to delegate a million different tasks? These tips will help not only keep you organized, but promote a less stressful lifestyle.
- Plan Effectively
Plan your schedule and then make it obvious. While a planner won’t fix your life, it is a great tool for detailed appointments, and a color-coded calendar will establish a matching visual as a reminder. To-do lists can also be a great tool for strong planning as you structure each day, week, and month. This is also a great opportunity to build socialization into your schedule, and eye-catching materials (like post-its or notepads) will remind you of that lunch date.
- Get Rid of Excess
The excess in your life could be anything! If it’s clutter, try to minimize your collections to one or two important items (shoes, watches, knick-knacks). The less you have, the easier it is to organize. It’s also a great idea to get rid of the excess in your mind. I know that when I’m overthinking too many different things, nothing gets done. If that happens, take a moment to write it all down. Try to keep it organized, but at the very least it’s on paper instead of roaming around your brain. And as I’ve talked about before, buying experiences, and not objects, is a great way to reduce clutter and promote well-being.
- Remove Barriers
If there’s something stopping you from regularly doing a needed task, figure out what that is and make some changes. Maybe taking out the trash is difficult for you to be in the habit of doing regularly. If the trash can is out of the way of your path, or it’s not a part of the routine, make changes to make it easier on yourself, even if that means taking the trash out each morning on your way to the car. Another barrier to remove from your life is the notion that you have to or should be able to do it all. There’s no weakness in asking for help or delegating tasks! And sometimes, just accomplishing one small thing on your list of to-dos is enough reason to celebrate.
- Set Reachable limits
Organization is much more likely when your to-do list can be completed under normal circumstances. Keep your lists brief so you don’t get overwhelmed and enjoy the sense accomplishment when things get done. Set alarms as reminders if needed, to change from one task to another so you can get everything accomplished.
- Organize your Finances
Online banking is a beautiful thing, because almost everyone offers paperless statements. Clutter has no chance to enter your home and online organization is easy – as long as you delete, file, and save as needed. It’s also smart to have only one or two credit cards to minimize bills and statements. And if you use a debit card instead of checks, you’ll reduce what you carry in your wallet.
ADHD doesn’t have to be a barrier to organization. With these tips you’re more than capable of living an organized life that is stress and clutter free. Choose the strategies that work best for you and never feel guilty for needing extra help.