We’ve talked about it before. You must add structure if you want an ADHD-friendly life.
I find, deep down, ADHD adults crave structure. We resist it, but little reduces chaos like well-designed systems to accomplishing everyday tasks.
Until you add structure you’ll continue flitting through life. Forgetting this, neglecting that, and procrastinating on everything else.
There are right and wrong ways of building ADHD-friendly structure.
I’m pretty sure you’ve tried to build structure a time or two only to have your system go down in flames.
No surprise. I see it all the time. Adding structure to your chaotic, disorganized life in the wrong way doesn’t work.
You see, ADHD adults tend to make things too complicated. Designing fancy systems with lots of bells and whistles is exciting, stimulating.
The problem is we often can’t use what we’ve created. Systems must be sustainable, not exciting.
Now, even if you add structure the easy way don’t expect to get it 100% right every time. You’ll be better off than you were before, though. And, you’ll have a starting place to build upon.
Today let’s focus on the gritty details of how to add realistic structure that makes ADHD easier to live with.
ADD Structure The Easy Way
Select: Pick one small task that would reduce ADHD chaos if you did it often. Something like making the bed or opening the mail.
Design: Next, think through the steps. How can you reduce steps? Make it easier? How will you know when it’s done? Avoid the ADHD trap of making things too complicated. Change your outlook – aim for simpler instead of exciting. Beware ADHD perfectionism!
Schedule: Decide how often you’ll do it and when you’ll do it.
Remember: Create reminders to keep you on track. This step is important. Avoid it at your own risk.
Practice: If you have a hard time following your small system don’t give up. Try a different approach. Often small adjustments are all you need. Use your creativity.
Practice More: When you can stick to your system for two weeks you’re ready to add another small thing.
Need ideas of where to start adding structure?
Simple routines are a good place to begin. Try:
- Planning your day
- Clearing your desk
- Paying the bills
- Sorting the mail
- Making the bed
Doing these tasks isn’t exciting. The results you’ll see are. You’ll have less stress and chaos as well as more confidence and energy. You can’t argue with that!
Structure is the foundation of ADHD Success. Step-by-step, slowly and thoughtfully, add structure to keep your ADHD world organized, on track, and at peace.