As you begin to bring out your holiday decorations, ask yourself one question. Can you be more organized? Organization and planning are essential to help manage stress, accomplish goals, and lower stress levels. The skill of organization is often difficult for children and adults with ADHD. The lack of organization leads to stress, cause plans to fall through, and trigger negative ADHD symptoms. As you are going back and forth to the storage room, try some of these helpful tips from Additude Magazine to get organized and manage your life!
Set Time Limits For Decision Making: Procrastination can get the best of us. It can be hard to make tough decisions, but it can also be nerve-racking to make ANY decision. Setting time limits help prevent decisions from being pushed to another time. When you are able to prioritize your objectives and act accordingly, you will see positive growth in your life. Having lower stress levels and being organized can help with ADHD symptoms and your overall cognitive health. One great strategy is to write your goals and deadlines somewhere where you can see it multiple times every day. This will allow you to have your goals always on your mind so you can start working towards them. Don’t just set your goals, achieve them!
Bullet Journaling: Bullet journaling is a great way to organize your day. By outlining and tracking your day, you will be able to see how well you are achieving your daily goals. There is much to be done, and writing things down can help you stay organized. It is a great way to review at the end of your day and organize your priorities for tomorrow. Try these helpful tips from Bullet Journal and stay in control of your day.
Clutter Buddy: Find a friend to hold you accountable! It is never easy taking on a difficult task by yourself. It can be easy to get discouraged, to give up, or to lose focus. Having a friend will allow both of you to hold each other accountable. The best candidate is a friend that could also use some organizing advice and make a pact. Get together every couple of months and arrange a time to clean. On your cleaning days, check in with your buddy to make sure they are on schedule and maybe even offer to help. This way when you are discouraged and want to try and procrastinate, you have some support. Cleaning clutter with a friend can help you regain control of your life and build upon a friendship.
Working on being organized can lead to major improvements in one’s life. Being organized will lower stress levels, and allow for one to set and achieve their goals. This holiday season, use your time to be productive and work on your executive function skills such as organizing, planning, short term memory and much more! Play Attention can help you develop the core cognitive skills that lay the foundation for strong executive function. Start your Play Attention program today, and we will customize a training plan for you that will lead to a more productive, organized life.