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Adult ADD: Why Implementing ADD-Friendly Systems Are Important
If you have ADD, do find yourself wanting to make more money? Do you want to be happier?
You may find that if you just cut loose when you're ADD-driven, the next thing you know, you'll look around and say, “Oh, my gosh, where did all this mess come from?”
When you realize that it's all yours, you'll probably feel horrible. ADD people really do like to have things tidy. So, if you create a system to deal with the messes you inevitably make, you'll know where everything goes and if you decide to clean it all up, it can be done easily.
Otherwise, don't you feel overwhelmed?
Stop wallowing in the, “Oh, gee, why can’t I get anything done?” mode. Make the decision to eliminate confusion from your life because it doesn't serve you in any way.
When you have ADD, using systems makes life easier. Then, you can stop being so overwhelmed and have success.
But you won't always get the steps right, the very first time around. Try writing them down on paper. You don't need to do that with simple systems, even if you have ADD, but if you devise something more complicated, don’t try to remember all that stuff in your ADD brain because that’s just another kind of clutter.
If you’re creating your own systems, think them out and then, write the steps down. You may write them down on paper or you may enter the steps into your computer. You may want to print them out or put them all in a notebook. However you record the system is up to you. Then, when you go to use the ADD-friendly system, you can bring up the steps immediately, and just go through them as you would a checklist.
For an example of a simple system, ADD people are always leaving their personal effects around--their wallets, their purses, their keys, their cell phone--things you always carry with you when you’re heading out the door. And when you have ADD, they’re probably spread out all over the place.
Do you have a system for just keeping track of the basic stuff that you need on a daily basis, when you’re on your way out the door?
What is it that you do naturally when you come in with your keys, your wallet, and your Palm Pilot and whatever else it is that you’re carrying? Where do you put it?
You probably come into the house or office and just drop your things somewhere. So, think about that. That’s what you’re doing naturally.
Organizers have a system that they call a “launch pad,” and what they mean by that is to create a place that’s easy for you to access when you first walk in the door, like a shelf with maybe some pegs for your keys or a bucket, but a launch pad that you can access on your way out the door, too.
It doesn’t matter what it is. It’s just got to be something that works for you and is geared toward your ADD brain. Some people like a drawer. Some people like stuff hung up. The easiest way to deal with losing important stuff is to just have launch pads so that whatever you do naturally, you can train yourself to "Put it on the launch pad.”
Systems are enormously helpful to folks with ADD. They don't have to be complicated, but if they are, record the system's steps in written form so that you never forget. Systems make life easier when you have ADD. Create some to solve your biggest problems and you'll be a much happier person.
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