Organisation is something that a lot of people with ADHD struggle with. In fairness, a lot of people without ADHD also struggle with organisation skills but for us ADHD folk, organising ourselves can be extremely difficult.
For the sake of this post, I’m going to focus on why organisation is so difficult for people with ADHD but any of the tips could theoretically be used by people without ADHD.
So why is organisation so difficult? Well, I can only speak for myself but my mind works so fast that I end up forgetting little (or big!) things, misplace items and struggle with time management. It can cause havoc in my daily life and makes me look extremely forgetful and disorganised by carelessness rather than ADHD being the cause.
Until I learnt I had ADHD and therefore could actually do something to help with my organisation skills, I thought being forgetful and disorganised was just a personality trait I had to live with. Since starting medication and reading other people with ADHD’s tips to staying organised, I have found life to be a little easier.
One major way I stay organised is by inputting EVERYTHING I need to remember into my phone’s calendar. This is everything from appointments to reminders to take my medication to remembering to schedule my Tailwind posts for the week! If it wasn’t for this method, I would forget my medication every single morning or forget I’d taken it and end up accidentally overdosing.
Organisation is something I am horrendous at but I’m starting to learn little ways to make life easier. Carrying something to write notes in helps hugely
To-do lists are also a huge help. I have lists on my iPad that are meticulously organised into categories and all handwritten, which for some reason helps me remember things better. I also have lists in my notes on my phone but for work, I have a tiny notepad where I write daily lists of things I have to do. On some occasions, lists have ended up tucked behind my SmartCard on my work lanyard or tucked into my phone case. To-do lists have become a life saver!
Strangely, sticking up reminders really doesn’t help me at all. For a while, I took Pregabalin and would take a tablet at 1:30- which meant I had to remember to take it at work. So, I wrote a note and highlighted it pink to stick in my locker. DESPITE constantly having to go to my locker to get my drink or even pick up my bag AT 1 BLOODY 30 FOR LUNCH, I remembered to take my medication a grand total of twice. Funny thing is, that I’ve forgotten to take the note down since stopping taking Pregabalin…
However, my favourite ever organisation tool is the BoxClever Press Life Book! I bought this from Amazon as the photos made it look like a totally comprehensive planner and EXACTLY what I needed to keep my blog and life in order.
It did not disappoint.
Finding things that help you is essential. There’s no point following advice just for the sake of it because it helps someone else. Cater to your own needs!
In this monster of a planner, there’s week to a page sections, monthly planners, budget trackers, spaces for notes and even stickers! It’s got everything you could need to organise your life and I recommend it to everyone, especially people with ADHD.
It’s well worth the price for what you get and it’s not cheap quality either. It also doesn’t just cover the current year, it has some of the previous and next year which enables you to start it at any time.
Organisation is still something I need to work on. I am still terribly forgetful and god awful at time management. And don’t get me started on losing things! It’s an absolute pain the backside but as I’m progressing through treatment and learning more about ADHD and myself, I find new things that help and implement them into my life.
One person’s advice may not work for you and therefore, it’s important you find out what works for you. Just because you have ADHD like me, these tips may not suit you. Try them out by all means, but this post is only meant to be a guide on what helps me and what COULD help you. Not what WILL help you.
I can’t imagine what having a beautifully organised life must be like- my organised chaos is too familiar!