3 Ways to Get Organized

Simple, low-tech, and down-to-earth options for organizing the day-to-day when ADHD gets in the way.

Getting Sh-t Done Website utilware.com/gsd3.html

Zen — and the Art of Organizing

Leo Babauta (zenhabits.net) decided to simplify the already simple Getting Things Done (GTD), by David Allen. The result? Zen to Done.

The format is like that of other organizing systems — “dump” all your thoughts and tasks into a notebook, establish the most important tasks (MITs) for the day, blah, blah, blah. But ZTD is more forgiving — you can screw up and still complete tasks — and emphasizes actual doing more than planning.

Bonus: It encourages users to put their dreams on their to-do lists, along with doing a load of whites.

Stuff Happens — and Gets Done

Another spinoff of Getting Things Done, Getting Sh-t Done (utilware.com/gsd3.html) is simpler and, obviously, down to earth. Developed by Bill Westerman, GSD uses pen and a grid-ruled pad. His system of checkmarks, dots, diagonal lines, and Post-It tabs keeps ADHD adults on top of tasks.

Low-Tech PDA

Tired of losing your Palm V or forgetting to charge it? Try the Hipster PDA (43folders.com) — a low-tech system comprising index cards, a binder clip, and a, well, pen.

Called PDA — for Parietal Disgorgement Aid — the cache of cards, devised by writer Merlin Mann, holds your tasks for the day or the week, along with information (websites, phone numbers, meeting times) to help you complete them. You can shuffle and re-divide the cards, or throw old ones into the recycling pile. Some use the binder clip as a handy keychain, hooking their keys to it.

This article comes from the Summer 2009 issue of ADDitude.

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