Happy Holidays Where All Is Calm, All Is Bright/4 Comments/in ADD and ADHD, Holiday organizing /by Ellen
Holiday gifting, meal planning and travel all require executive function skills with planning and execution. Because of this, holidays can be anything but calm and bright for those with ADHD. Use these eleven holiday reminders to keep merry all season long.
Start with a list
An overtaxed working memory is the flaw of ADHD. Why tax it more during the holidays when you can make a list? While your lists may have lists, it is the best way to manage all you have to do for the holiday season. Once you have the list, be sure to prioritize. Taking things off the list keeps you from having too much to do and too little time.
Prioritize with a calendar
Your calendar is your guide to holiday fun. Get organized with a family calendar month at a glance calendar posted where everyone can see it. Meet together for a family meeting to capture all the details.
Decide what NOT to do this holiday season.
Edit your holiday activities by prioritizing. Rate what were the best moments and worthy of repeating this year. If this is the year to let go of mailing or emailing cards or limit special activities, take something off your activity list.
Delay additional activities to January
Window washing, room renovations, and any other big or small projects can be delayed to after the holidays. Having your home company ready can mean hiring a cleaning service to help you.
Bring on extra help
There is too much to do during the holidays and so many ways to get extra help. Hire teens who want to gift wrap to earn extra money, getting curbside delivery, and having outside help hang your exterior decorations are all ways to get help. You earn extra time to do other tasks this way too.
Do a little decluttering
Before holiday gifts arrive, take one hour to declutter in the kitchen, toy room and closet. Give everyone in your family a bag and have them declutter what is not used or loved. Drop these off at local philanthropies right away. Taking the time to have less in a space will free up your home when gifts come in.
Streamline your gifting
Editing your holiday gift list is a first step to streamlining. Next, find ways to share meaningful gifts with a variety of similar items, such as books, gift certificates, or homemade treats. The same applies to hostess gifts with holiday hand soaps, coffee pods, and flowers.
Make it joyful
Listen to your favorite holiday playlist throughout the holiday season. Music brings us joy and lightens our loads.
Enjoy the outdoors
Get out and exercise, take a walk at night to see the lights and get moving. Brains work best when you exercise and exercise lowers stress.
Take time for you
When we are most stressed and there is less time, that is the most important time to be sure we take care of ourselves. That is setting aside time for a walk, bath, early bedtime, or nap.
Try just one of these eleven ADHD friendly tips to have a calm and joyful holiday season. Give yourself the opportunity to do less and enjoy more.
Virtual Workshop and Support Group Conquer Your Planner/6 Comments/in ADD and ADHD /by Ellen
Conquer Your Planner
Virtual Workshop and Support Group for Individuals with ADHD
Have you purchased multiple planners and are not sure what works best for you? Might you have missed an event because you did not look at your planner? Do you want to learn to use your planner more effectively?
Planner choices can be overwhelming because these come in a variety of styles in either digital or paper format. There are routines to implement to use your planner effectively.
Join our Virtual Workshop and Support Group for Individuals with ADHD. This fee-based group is the starting point for creating solutions for successfully using your planner and making lists.
- The Virtual Workshop and Support Group meets for four one-hour weekly sessions to learn planner skills and get support for organizing your time and tasks.
- We will meet in a small group setting by logging into Zoom on your device.
- At each weekly meeting there will be skill building instruction and personal organizing time. I will share skills and concepts. We discuss which planner to purchase and why at the first meeting. Starting with the 2nd meeting, you will bring your planner to capture all information, enter dates and times, use lists to assign tasks, and plan ahead for projects and goals.
- Meetings are held online through Zoom link. You can join from a smart phone, smart device or computer. Simply click on the link to join.
- January 2022 is the perfect time to start fresh! Meeting dates are Mondays, January 24, then February 7,14 and 21
- Meeting times are 7- 8 pm central time.
- At our first meeting we will discuss planner styles, personal strengths and different planner options. If you are looking for a planner, I will share recommendations. Or bring your existing planner.
- Cost is $100 for the four sessions.
- Group size is limited to 10 attendees. Join today!
Register by January 21, 2022
For information and to register, call 281.360.3928 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Hybrid Work Productivity Strategies for ADHD/5 Comments/in Wellness and self care, Work From Home and Work At Home /by Ellen
The only things we can count on right now is change at home and at work. That is the current situation with working from home and working at the office. There is an evolving hybrid work plan in most companies with days at home and days in the office. As the uncertainty continues, start planning now for your organizing and productivity in hybrid work spaces.
Tools of the trade
Start with trusted tools for your work, at home, office or hybrid. Your access to these tools ensures your success regardless of the location. Good organization makes it easy to transition between work spaces.
- Pick a planner that works for you. You may choose digital as the way to go with planners and documents. Thanks to Microsoft we can access Outlook in the cloud and on multiple devices. It’s easy to access online wherever you are and have alerts pop up on your devices as reminders. With Google and gmail, there is a suite of options available to assist you with planning your time and managing your resources. If a paper planner is what is best for you, the Planner Pad gives you options for yearly, monthly, and weekly scheduling. There is space for notes and strategies for list making. You can add a TUL notebook for extra notes.
- Create multiple sets of organizing supplies needed for work. That includes cords, chargers, pencils or any other supply you use frequently. Having these in both work spaces eliminates frustration and helps you get started on your work. A well established set up helps you get started on work. If you need an additional set in your car that can help too!
- Choose a work bag with compartments. One compartment is dedicated to your device, another to supplies, another to cords and chargers. Keep it compact and easy to carry. Use your setting up time as a an initiation strategy for work. Be sure to pack you bag each night in preparation for your transition to the office.
If you have lists of lists, it is time to think about a project management tool. Whatever the tool, it has to be easy to capture and categorize tasks. There are strategies like Getting Things Done with categorized lists or Kanban with To Do, Doing and Done. Asana, Trello and Click Up are digital tools to create and categorize tasks. Whichever tool you choose, your frequency of use and agility with the tool make the difference.
Managing time and energy
The more you use your planner, the more productive you will be. It is your guide for work. Add every event consistently and use your Weekly Planning Time effectively. Use your weekly planning time to assess in what space you will be most productive given the work that week. The variety of spaces can be a bonus in productivity. Add a 30 minute recap time each evening to be sure you have added dates and information that came via email, text and other communication.
It seems like the amount of time we have and the speed at which things are happening are changing. This change feels unsettling. Have you notice how everything, from school drop off to meeting times, take longer? Take this information and add extra time for this and transition time into your schedule. Be sure you have accounted for the extra steps that we don’t remember like parking your car and walking to the office.
There is a greater need for empathy as hybrid work unfolds. Everyone is “going through something” right now and that empathy will help support you and those around you. Take extra steps to share how things are today, since every day is very different right now. Expect that some days you are going to need Plan B and C to feel productive.
Your home and office teams are going to need more support with general communication. Now is the time that family meetings are especially valuable. As things change so do responsibilities at home. Be sure your home team works well together by creating partnerships. Take extra steps to communicate goals and deadlines with easy to use visual tools such as charts. Be sure to include deliverables, responsible parties and deadlines. Share these frequently to help your colleagues manage deadlines and work in chunks.
Incorporating self care
Transitions create evolving self care. The bandwidth you have depends on the self care you do. Continued self care will help you through this transition and other changes that are coming daily. Be sure to calendar in the time you end the day and the days you will take off for vacation. If possible, give yourself the gift of one day to have no plan or time line.
Your mobility is a positive for energy and productivity. Your agility is an asset as you move between spaces to use the energy of that space to get work done. Being organized helps with high energy, positivity and productivity. It is all a work in progress as we transition, find patterns and look at new ways to be productive in multiple environments. Most importantly give yourself time to adjust and ample self care.