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"I'm always on the go for my job, and I often lose the piece of paper or the PDA where I wrote down appointment info. Any suggestions?"
Adults with attention deficit disorder (ADD) are most likely to lose things during transitions from one activity or job site to another, so do a quick inventory each time you make such a transition: "Do I have my phone? My PDA?" and so on.
Wearing a fanny pack or a briefcase with a shoulder strap ensures that you always have a place to stash those essential items. If you can manage to hang on to your keys, buy a key chain that contains a voice recorder. (SharperImage.com sells one that records for 20 seconds.)
As a backup, leave a message on your office voicemail each time you schedule an appointment. You can always call in to get the info. Or, as a last resort, write appointment info on your hand - that's one thing you can't misplace.
Sandy Maynard lives in Washington, DC where she operates Catalytic Coaching. She was instrumental in the development of The National Attention Deficit Disorder Association's Coaching Guidelines and a founding board member for the Institute for the Advancement of AD/HD Coaching (IAAC). Sandy lectures internationally and is a regular contributor to ADDitude.
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