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10 Simple Steps to a Better Life with ADHD
Put off by long-term plans and goals? These 10 tweaks for everyday living can change your life for the better — starting today.
by Dana Rayburn
Small Changes, Big Results
Does living well with adult
ADHD seem hard at times? It is. But small steps, linked together, eventually
set you on a path to success. Here are some small changes that can lead to big
The Power of Yet
Don’t tell yourself you can’t
do something. Instead of saying, “I can’t,” say, “I can’t, yet.” For example,
“I can’t be on time” becomes “I can’t be on time, yet.” This strategy serves as
a reminder that you are on the path to improvement and self-betterment. Soon,
you’ll get used to the idea that even though you may not be able to do
something right now, you’re going to master that skill in the future.
Strike a Pose
Tap into your personal
power with two-minute power poses. Watch social psychologist Amy Cuddy to learn body language poses that make
you feel more confident when you feel powerless. They really work!
Take it Slow
Tell yourself to slow down
several times a day. When life is moving too fast, close your eyes and take a
deep breath, hold it for a few seconds, then exhale and open your eyes. Taking this
time to slow down enhances mindfulness and will help simplify routines and
A Chore a Day Keeps the Clutter Away
Eliminate clutter one square foot at a time. Get rid of unwanted
things as you notice them instead of letting stuff turn into a clutter-clearing
project. Pick one new household chore to
focus on each day. Make the bed, wash a dish after you use it, or put the dirty
clothes in the hamper. Focusing on one chore at a time will keep you from
Sometimes putting off a
simple task until later can cause more trouble than it’s worth. The task can
eat away at you and take up some much-needed space in the back of your mind. Do
yourself a favor and get it out of the way. A good rule of thumb is if you can complete
the task in less than two minutes, do it now. There’s no time like the present!
Shorten Your To-Do List
There’s no need to list every single task on your to-do list,
especially if there are some items that aren’t necessary to complete. Instead
of listing everything, only include the most important things. Your list will be
shorter and the tasks will be much easier to tackle.
Auto-Pay When Possible
You’d be surprised at how
many ADHD adults get their power turned off because they’ve simply forgotten to pay the bill! Avoid this
embarrassment by setting up your online banking account to auto-pay your bills
each month. Your days of late fees will be a thing of the past.
Each time you write an
appointment in your calendar, think about any tasks you need to do to prepare
for the appointment and write those down, too. Do you need to call in a
referral before you visit a specialist? Pencil that in next to your appointment
time as a helpful reminder.
Live It Up
Say yes to life. Try
something new. Stand up for what you believe in, dance, play, or run a marathon
–even if it takes you all day to finish. Embracing the simple joys in life can
make a world of difference.
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