I never quite managed myself in a hammock, sadly. But give me a nice bench and I’m fine.
As for the original question: I think it comes down to setting up the right systems.
- Saving energy is mostly all about getting more modern, energy-efficient electronics.
- If remembering to turn off the light ist an issue, there are timers for that.
- Separating trash is easy once you have all the right bins and know when they get collected or where to take it. It can become a habit and is great for hyper-focussing, too.
- If you’re having trouble remembering the trash collection dates, a calendar might help.
- The best system for leaving the car at home in favor of walking or taking the bike is to not have a car in the first place. (It’s cheaper, too!) If you’re in a city, there’s surely some car-sharing initiative for when a car is indeed needed, but since getting there is always a bt of a hassle, it makes taking the car less attractive than using your feet which, for most of us, are right there with us.
Even better that recycling trash, of course, is to avoid it altogether. This may be an issue if you’re prone to impulse buying. I’m kind of lucky in that regard - my ADHD doesn’t urge me to buy stuff (much), it rather makes it hard to make a decent buying decision or even just to get going to buy stuff even when I need it. So hard, in fact, that I have more than enough time to consider if it’s something I need to buy or if I can just make it from some of the stuff I never got around to throwing out.
As for grocery shopping, I rely on a checklist app that I use for a shopping list. I uncheck what I need when it runs out and check it again when it’s in the shopping cart, and I ignore what’s not on the list. Going to the store 15 minutes before closing time helps, too. You don’t believe how focused a shopping trip can become if you’re about to get kicked out any minute!
I’m trying to get myself to throw away more, in fact, rather than less. Because thinking ‘I might need that some day’ is enticing but can also lead to a mess. I did turn old bed sheets into curtains and an old jacket into a chair cover, and it’s always good to know that that’s an option. But unless I have a concrete idea about what do do with a thing and ideally a time-frame and an action plan for actually doing it, I’m trying to educate myself to reduce the clutter instead.