ADHD and Lists: Do You Love or Hate Them?

People living with ADHD often have a love-hate relationship with lists. Some people love them, others hate them and another group fluctuates between loving and hating depending on the day.

What is a list anyway?

A list is a number of items written down vertically, one item underneath the previous one. Lists can be on paper or pixel and are often created around a theme. For example, people to invite to a party; items to pack for a trip. [Read more…]

12 ADHD Friendly Suggestions to Master Email

Emails are a great way to keep in touch and communicate with people all over the world. Yet, at times the influx of messages can feel distracting, overwhelming and as if email is taking over your whole life!

1) Don’t Check Email All Day

Nothing sabotages productivity more than having your inbox open all day. You find yourself checking it when you are bored, during telephone calls or when you should be starting a deep concentration task.
Instead, have set times of the day where you check your email. For example, you could check it at 9.am, 1pm and 4pm.

Some ADHDers are resistant to this structured email checking idea. They argue that due to the nature of their job, closing their inbox would be impossible. In reality there aren’t many jobs where an open inbox is a requirement. [Read more…]

10 Tips for ADHD Students

It is challenging being a student with ADHD!  Many of the skills and characteristics that are required to be a good student are the very things that ADHDers find difficult.

Here are 10 tips to help you get good grades and enjoy your student days.

Even if your university days were over long ago, some of these tips will still be useful for you in your workplace for example, preparing for a presentation or staying alert in meetings. [Read more…]

ADHD in the Workplace

A few weeks ago, Jobbio.com asked if I would write a guest blog post for them about ADHD in the workplace. Always happy to spread the word about ADHD, I said yes.

The article is called

8 Ways Employers can Make The Workplace More ADHD-Friendly

The article is for bosses and managers who have ADHD employees on their team.

However! Even if you aren’t a manager or boss it is still worth reading as it has some ideas for you too. [Read more…]

How to Read a Novel When You Have ADHD

The Untapped Brilliance blog has several articles about reading books. The idea behind How to Read a Book When You Have ADHD is to eliminate guilt if you read books differently from the traditional linear way.

Another article talks about how reading on a Kindle can be super helpful for ADHDers. The interesting thing is, each time I post an article about reading books, it sparks more questions including,

‘How can I read a novel from to start to finish?’

That is the topic of this article!

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Clear and Calm v’s ADHD Clutter!

Susy felt a shot of dread every time the doorbell rang. Luckily she had mastered the technique of opening her front door just enough for the visitor to see her head, but not enough that they could see into her home.

When she said goodbye and closed the front door, Susy always felt a mixture of shame and relief.

Shame because her home was very messy.

Relief because the potential disaster of another human seeing her cluttered home had been avoided.

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Why Journal Writing is Helpful If You Have ADHD

Do You Keep a Journal?

They are great places to record your thoughts, feelings and insights about your daily life.  Journaling isn’t just for teenage girls and aspiring writers. It helps with physical and mental health, emotional upheaval,  productivity, and happiness.

Why Journal Writing is Helpful When You Have ADHD

If you are living with ADHD, it is easy to dismiss the idea of writing in a journal. At first glance, it seems to involve all the things that are hard for you like sitting, writing, focusing and daily discipline.

However, writing in a journal allows you to press the pause button on your life. When you take time out from being busy and spend time alone with just your thoughts and journal, you can actively reflect on the events of the day.

As a result you will …
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ADHD and Morning Anger

Woman drying her hairDo you wake up in the morning feeling angry at the world? Does everything, from your alarm clock to the smell of your toothpaste make you mad? It might be a standing joke, that you are ‘like a bear with a sore head’ in the morning. There is a serious side too, morning anger can cause many problems including  couples breaking up because of it. [Read more…]

ADHD and De-Cluttering by Numbers

Clutter is when items take over part of your home, workplace or car.

Although clutter looks messy, it isn’t always junk or rubbish. The objects creating clutter might be useful, valuable or have sentimental meaning. Yet if they aren’t in the right place, they become clutter.

Clutter is often created when you have too many belongings for your space, or you don’t put items away in their designated home.

For example, if the contents of your gym bag have been sprawled out on the dining room table for a month, that’s clutter. If your gym shorts and top are in the laundry basket or folded away in your closet, that isn’t.

Clutter might be visible to everyone (piles of stuff in each room) or it could be hidden away in drawers, a spare room or garage. [Read more…]