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“April, Will You Just Make A Freakin’ To Do List Aready”

Personally, I have heard it from so many people so many times, “April will you just make a freakin’ to-do list already,” and I tell those people the same thing I tell everyone who tries to tell me what to do, “I know, I should.”

Recently, I decided that it was finally time for me to take on the dreaded to- do list. Honestly, I struggle to get done even the simplest of tasks. My ADHD needs discipline and I have made the decision that the little bastard is finally going to get what it deserves.

I have spent the last month perfecting my to-do list. I have learned a few things about myself through this whole experiment, and yes I’m going to share them with you. First things first, I hate to-do lists, but they are a necessary especially for me. Even if you life is not in complete disarray, a to-do list can still help. Here are my own experiences.

A to-do list does not need to be 15 ½ pages long. Take 15 to 30 minutes and write down everything you want to get accomplished the following day. I was reading an article the other day that did a good job of getting on my nerves. It stated that you should not add little things that you have to do every day, such as brushing your teeth or making your bed. This article went on to say that by listing these insignificant tasks you are just giving yourself a false sense of accomplishment. I say, “Boo, to that man!”

You need to write down anything that you are liable to forget about. If you are suffering from ADHD, you often forget those little things. If you are constantly forgetting to brush your teeth or make your bed, you add them to your to-do list, and these things start getting done, well then yes by all means pat yourself on the back.

When I go to make my list for the following day, I write down every little thing that comes to my mind no matter how big or small a project maybe. If any project gets completed I take a few seconds to feel good about myself. This takes me into rewards. If you do a really great job at something take a few minutes and go have a cookie. Enjoy your victory, you deserve it. Smile, breath, and eat your damn cookie. (I’m eating a cookie, right now.)

Especially when starting out with your to-do list, do not add too much. Commonly people with ADHD over estimate how much they can get done in one day and the amount of time that each item will take. This practice will only lead to disappointment and discouragement. If you think a project will take you 30 minutes, allow yourself 45 minutes to get it completed and DO NOT schedule too much for yourself. I cannot stress this enough.

If you are suffering from depression, anxiety, ADHD, or any other form of mental illness any professional will advise you to exercise. Stop putting the exercise off and just add it to your list. I spend 15 minutes in the morning each day exercising. Added together it is almost 2 hours a week, not too shabby. For me, it really does help to level me out emotionally.

Once you have everything figured out for the next day, number everything according to importance. Complete task 1, move on to task 2, and so on.

What I really want to stress her is that you need to find a technique for a to-do list that works for you. What works for me, may have no effect on you. So experiment with different things. If you try one thing and it does not work, do not beat yourself up. Move on to a different technique. You will find something that will work for you, just don’t give up.


Save Your Money, Use It On Therapy, Or Give It To Me

I originally planned to write an article on to do lists today, but decided to ramble on, instead.

I come across a lot of sites that offer time management, organization, to do list programs. Most of these programs cost between $30 and $60 a year. Don’t waste your money. These programs are developed by yuppies who are just trying to make a quick buck. If your life is in disarray, you can’t seem to get organized; you are wasting too much time on menial tasks, instead of projects that deserve your time and attention, blowing $60 on a website that offers you professional looking to do list forms is not the answer.

Spend that $60 on a therapy secession that will help you to identify the root of these issues.

Find that long forgotten library card, and head over to your local library. Maybe you are thinking, “Now why would I do that, when the internet is packed full of valuable information?”  Well, because it is not. I am a freelance writer for a few different websites. I spend hours  weekly  performing only online research. I will search a topic out and the search engines will give me 234,123,000 websites that each offer the same exact information, only worded differently. One website may produce an interesting article and every other website quickly copies the same information. Actually finding information on the web that is valuable will probably end up costing you more time, than heading over to the local library.

The FREE library will have a whole entire section dedicated to self help that will likely cover every self help topic under the sun. This is where you are going to locate real knowledge on these subjects that will be greatly beneficial. Most libraries are even online, so you don’t even have to waste time walking around the library picking out books.

  • Do a search and find your library.
  • Browse there card catalog online.
  • Put a hold on the books you are interested in.
  • Go to the library.
  • Walk the three feet to the checkout desk.
  • Pick up your books.
  • DONE!