One thing is for certain in this world: life happens.
Family gets sick, the car breaks down, electronics go on the fritz, or we get snowed in.
And in the case of 2020: pandemics, social unrest, extreme fires/tornadoes/hurricanes/droughts, polarity of political opinions, unemployment and so much loss happen.
Those of us with ADHD struggle to pay attention on a regular basis. It’s in our DNA. Our brains.
Paying attention is even harder when a crisis hits. And let’s face it, it’s been one crisis after another after another this year.
I don’t know about you, but I end many days lately physically and emotionally drained. Taking care of my family, managing my business, juggling all that comes with my ADHD. I’ve had to dig deep to make sure things get done and make decisions every day.
Why am I sharing this with you?
I want you to remember that sometimes life gets wild. The train jumps off the tracks and, when that happens, you have to cut yourself some slack.
It’s easy to think you can push through and shoulder all your normal responsibilities.
Sometimes you just can’t.
Sometimes you’re in emergency mode and can only focus on the most essential things. The rest simply has to be let go.
So before the next crisis hits, let’s get you prepped.
How to Be Prepared for When Life Happens
Grab a piece of paper and jot down the answers to the following question. (You might even want to keep the paper somewhere so you can easily add to it throughout the day as things come to mind. This is a work-in-progress.)
What are the most essential things that I need to accomplish every day?
You can get as basic and routine as you want – brush your teeth, eat, shower, get 8 hours of sleep a night. Or only put things that aren’t natural physical needs like answer your work emails, wash dishes, do laundry, drop off/pick up kids from school.
The idea is to draft a list of the most fundamental things you must do to maintain the physical and mental health, safety and lifestyle of you and your family.
And then, the next time your world flips upside down, cut yourself some slack. Look at the list and focus on accomplishing what’s most important.
Even try to feel good about it if you can, knowing you are taking care of the needs of you and your loved ones as best you can.