I have REALLY struggled with this - my in ability to ‘adult’ effectively.
I wear a watch 24/7, why?
94% - because I’ll feel naked without it
4% - jussstt in case I miiggghhht have (literally) one SECOND where I’m conscientious of time-sensitive tasks
2% - so I can easily see what day of the week/date it is
It took me FOREVER to actually put my thoughts into action on solutions to this madness.
The BEST way I can describe it, and let me know if anyone agrees!!!
–It’s like I’m a track runner, at the starting line, still in the stance ready to take off in full sprint and waiting for the gun to go off…like… “WAIT. nooo WAIT… await NOW…nooo now, NOW!” (I’m hoping you all can easily play that out in your head lol)–
–I have a thought pop into my mind, an IMPORTANT thing, I just GOTTA write that thing down - ohpp! Where’d it go!? I LOST ITTT!! (Then, figuratively speaking, I spend entirely way too much time running around in my head trying to chase that important thing I forgot)
It always seemed like I’ve got allllll the bells and whistles to do alllll of the things, buuuut…where’s the start button?? It has taken me nearly 8 years to realize that - just because I take medication - does NOT mean I’ll be able to put laundry into the dryer.
After all, the only reason I even remembered there WAS any laundry is bc it’s been in the washer for 3 days and I can SMELL ITTT - so I wash it again…
Some tools that have really helped me:
Alexa + MacBook + iPhone
with this trio, I tell one of them a reminder - and then Alexa announces it to me, including at least two other notifications. Although it took quite a bit of time integrating all of them, it allows me less distractions since I can just announce out loud to add watermelon to my grocery list…
Using dry-erase markers on anything that magic-eraser can remove
GETTING A TIMERRRR!!!
(Stop watch & countdown timer, count up and count down)
-I set mine for 15, 25, 40m beepers, so when each alarm goes off it makes me more conscious of the time, when I have several tasks that usually take me hours, I’ll flip back and forth. 25 of homework then 25 min of cleaning. 15 min of random stuff or taking a “break” then 40 min of computer work (which BTW right now is a part of my “work timmmeeee” hahaha THANKS GUYS jkjk)
-Time my tasks - how long does it take me to deep clean the bathroom?
-Remember the forgetting of the laundry I mentioned? PROBLEM SOLVED!
(washer & dryer do not have buzzers)
Start washer --> start timer. = 55 min --> write on washer with bright color “55 MIN” --> tell Alexa, “remind me in 57 mins that the washer is done”
BOOM! The possibilities are ENDLESSSSS…sort of.
Listen to a podcast, ones like ADHD podcasts, and putting my phone up out of sight. (this eliminates the need to be “DJ B” and change the song ever 30 seconds, which in turn removes the phone from my hand, which ultimately takes away a million distractions
Put phone up and record a time-lapse video (this one is goofy, I know lol) But when I have a huge cleaning task…like when I go slob-status for a whole week, thennnn use my old-school radio boombox and turn on the radio…
Okay, I think that’s pretty much it. lol
I just remembered, I’m always intrigued when there’s a challenge. Soooo learning how to fold my laundry in several different ways to save space…BINGO!!! even my son’s UNDERWEAR is folded lol