Getting through an ADD Day

Distraction is a core issue affecting individuals with AD/HD.  This acronym can help you identify tools for navigating your day.  The first three are obstacles that can disconnect you while the rest are building blocks to achieve your goals.

Isolation is often an outcome experienced due to attention deficits and overwhelming schedules.  Daily time to CONNECT with others can help.


Shame is often times a result of growing up with ADD.  Learning to understand and manage one's challenges can provide a path to self worth.


Calendars & Clocks - The ADD brain doesn't handle time well, so make it external to aid in remembering and planning.  Phones and tablets with  planners and calendars are useful especially when alarms and reminders are set.


Organize & Omit - Prioritize tasks by:  A-  absolutely must be done; B - better get to it; C - can wait; D - delegate, and E - eliminate.  Break tasks into manageable steps.


Nutrition & Notes - Eating a balanced diet low in sugar and dyes and including adequate protein and Omega III fatty acids can help improve brain function, but don't trust your memory -- WRITE IT DOWN!  With ADD it is "out of sight -- out of mind".


Niches & No's - Knowing where you shine and where you're likely to flounder is important.  Saying "yes" to one thing also means saying "no" to something else.


Exercise & Enthusiasm - Stimulating the frontal lobes of the brain is vital to helping it function.  Both exercise and a passion for a task can do this.


Coaches & Counselors - Reaching out to get support can help in understanding your AD/HD, getting unstuck and achieving your goals.


Thankfulness & Trust - Developing the attitude of gratitude and building trusting relationships are essentials habits for living a joyful life.