ARE YOU CHOOSING THE RIGHT TOOLS TO WORK WITH YOUR ADHD?
As an adult with ADHD, you may be prone to distraction, impulsivity and boredom. As a result, instead of focusing and attending to what is essential, you are attracted to many things at once. This lack of a highly organized internal sense of structure can mean your life feels chaotic at times. And this lack of order can make it hard to accomplish important tasks, both at home and at work.
You know all that. The good news is there’s a way to deal with these seeming roadblocks to success.
To address these challenges external structures are critical for adults with ADHD. Structures can help you perform everything from daily chores to demanding projects at work. Tools are one form of structure. And there are some that are absolutely necessary and others that are optional depending on your needs and preferences.
Be careful, though. You may sometimes think, “If I just had the right tool, then I could get organized and get things done!” Other times you may find yourself attracted to the novelty of new technologies, new systems, new strategies… the next “shiny penny.” This novelty, of course, can feed your need for stimulation.
But it also makes the process of choosing the right tool from among the many options even more challenging. My intention in providing you the list below is to help you:
- think strategically when choosing tools so you can be sure you are choosing tools that are a good fit for your needs.
- make the process of choosing the right tools less overwhelming — easier.
- help you to think about possible ways you can use tools to help manage your ADHD symptoms.
While tools are definitely not the magical answer, coupled with the right strategy, the right tool can certainly help you manage your ADHD.
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