Organisation puts meaning to life. This post wraps up the remaining 8 tips of the 16 tips to leading an organised life:
Use Electronic Reminders
Forgetting meetings, deadlines, medications or other responsibilities can create problems at work and in your personal life. For help, turn to computer programs and other electronic devices to remind you of appointments and deadlines. For example, set your computer or smartphone to alert you five minutes before every event in your calendar.
Tune Out Distractions at Work
Distractions at work can be a big challenge for all of us. Try these strategies:
- Route your calls to voicemail, then check it only at set times during the day.
- Ask for a quiet cubicle or office at work, so you aren’t distracted by others.
- Use a “white noise” machine or listen to earphones to drown out other sounds at work.
- Stick to doing just one task at a time
Many people with ADHD get bored easily, especially during routine tasks or paperwork. This can make it difficult to stay focused at work. Try these tips:
- Break up big tasks into smaller tasks.
- Between tasks, take a walk or get fresh air.
- Take notes in meetings.
Simplify Your Life with Fewer Tasks
Organising and simplifying your surroundings will help you reduce clutter, keep track of your belongings and remove some of the distractions that prevent you from focusing.
Simplifying can work for your schedule, too. Don’t start a new project or task until you’ve finished the current one. Try not to over-schedule yourself with too many projects or tasks at once. You may need to practice saying no to new tasks to stay focused.
Get More Exercise
Regular exercise may help manage your ADHD symptoms. At the very least, it can help you channel extra energy. But regular exercise and team sports can also help you work together with others, learn to set and meet goals, and feel better about yourself. Some research suggests that physical activity may stimulate parts of the brain associated with ADHD. Activities like yoga and karate may be better for ADHD because they offer opportunities for memorising movements.
Start Tasks with 15-Minute Blocks
When you’re having trouble starting a project, try this exercise:
- Set a timer for 15 minutes.
- For those 15 minutes, focus on that one task only.
- When the time is up, decide if you can keep going for another 15 minutes.
- If you can, reset the timer. Keep going at 15-minute intervals for as long as you can.
Use Colour Coding
Coloured files, folders, and notes can help you stay better organised. Here are a few examples:
- Use colour-coded files to keep track of different types of expenses, such as groceries, auto, entertainment, and utilities.
- Use different coloured pens or highlighting in your planner to separate work, personal and family commitments.
- If you can’t do any more, stop and try again later or the next day.
Learn From Your To-Do Lists
If you see a lot of unfinished tasks left on your “to-do” lists, try to figure out why. Did you try to get everything done at one time? Did you list big tasks that could have been broken down into smaller ones? Or did distractions keep you from completing your tasks? Use this information to help arrange future “to-do” lists, or to find ways to work more efficiently.
Children and Adults with Attention Deficit /Hyperactivity Disorder
Harvard Health Publications
National Resource Center on ADHD
U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services