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I wasn’t diagnosed with ADHD until I was an adult. My parents fought it out in divorce court and three days of grueling testing later I was diagnosed. It’s been a godsend to know what’s wrong and how to kind of circumnavigate my inner chaos. The business world has been a bit of a rude awakening for me, and I thought I could share tips. There’s a gap in the market for people with various LD’s seeking advice. Most advice guides are for school related success, and won’t tell you how to remember your

The business world has been a bit of a rude awakening for me, and I thought I could share tips. There’s a gap in the market for people with various LD’s seeking advice. Most advice guides are for school related success, and won’t tell you how to remember your doctor’s appointments or avoid overdrafts.

Here’s some light reading

https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2013/04/adhd-is-different-for-women/381158/

 

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I’m Obsessed with Muji but a Trainwreck

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Ahhh Muji, the super organized orange scented Japanese emporium for the Marie Kando types. I love it and I really shouldn’t. A common ADHD thing is having a total meltdown and then thinking that getting organized will solve it. It never does, and you just accumulate more and more shit. Here’s a rundown of items I’ve purchased to be an organized bitch and have ultimately failed at.

  1. Recycle Paper Bind Notebook –

Everyone I went to college with had these, and so I bought them. I love them and they come in a pack of 5. I always intended to keep them separate for each class, but always I’d lose them and my Metaphysical Poetry notes would end up in my Non-Fiction Writing notes.

2. PP Case Box

Bought this to keep my numerous pill bottles together in one place. I stupidly kept it on a ledge that wasn’t properly hammered in. It fell and broke, and now it’s just on my floor holding nothing, minus the lid.

3. Acrylic Drawers 2 Case with Lid

I got it on special for $10 instead of the usual $30, so that’s an A+ for me. However, it mostly keeps my makeup together, but I’m really bad about keeping things in the right section and there’s barely any room in my bathroom for it.

4. More Acrylic Drawers

I seem to have  theme with these drawers, they work for a bit but then get coated in makeup and hold too much of one thing in one drawer and not enough in another.

 

Stay tuned for more of my mess with Muji.

Basic Steps To Get Out the Door

1. Keep your meds together.
Do whatever you need to. Going on and off of meds is where you enter a Cat Marnell-type downward spiral. Put those appointments in your phone. Use ZocDoc to book a shrink, so you don’t have to deal with putting off calls.

2. Your phone calendar is your best friend
Anything remotely responsible that you need to do, goes on your calendar immediately with an alert. I like to do one day before and then one hour. Even if it’s just for cleaning your room. Do it.

3. Use Your Hyperfocus

I plan my time out the door down to the minute. That’s 100% an ADHD hyper-focus side effect. But it works! It really works, and you’ll get your butt out the door on time. You roll out of bed at this time, pee at this, take your meds at such and such.

Also….

4. GET A GODDAMN PILL ORGANIZER

I swear by it. Have you ever had that panic when you realize you took your vyvanse/adderall/ritalin/focalin TWICE!!!!?! It’s terrifying. One of those old lady pill organizers will help. Put it in on Sunday night, one in each slot. Put it in the same place every time. You won’t be digging around on the floor through piles of clothes looking for one lone pill ever again!