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Planning for the Easily Distracted: 1. Ground Rules!

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After the post from a few weeks (months?) back about planning and productivity for the easily distracted, I wanted to write a little more on the subject, but instead of writing long posts like that one (about 2000 words long) I’m going to keep it bite sized in 500 word long posts.

The new school year is coming up soon and I know that kids, students and adults alike will be thinking about how to make the best of the new year. This is hard enough when your brain works largely like what society expects it to work like, but if you have ADHD, autism or other brain differences, this can be even harder. So, I’ll be sharing my system and how I’ve set it up, so that you can hopefully make your life a little easier. This will be a series of posts and it may appear in an odd order, but I promise, it will make sense.

Today, we’re talking ground rules! Because no system can work when you don’t clearly define the bounds of it.

​1. This is YOUR system, it needs to fit YOUR responsibilities.

2. Don’t force yourself into a system, mould it around you.

3. Every day is a new day, yesterday was yesterday and tomorrow is tomorrow, but today is a new day.

When you’re trying to decide how you’re going to set up the next couple of months, keep these in mind.

1. This is YOUR system, it needs to fit YOUR responsibilities.

No two people have the same life. You have different classes, different responsibilities at home, some may live on campus, some with their parents and others live in other types of housing. You’ll have different responsibilities when it comes to chores, homework, other types of work, but also the routines of people around you. It’s also your responsibility not to be a nuisance to other people you live with.

2. Don’t force yourself into a system, mould it around you.

That being said, you shouldn’t have to force yourself into a different system because of other people either. You have your own sleep and eat and other routines and you should mould those around what fits best for you. Maybe you start the day at 12 PM with lunch, and you end it at 6 in the morning with breakfast, working through the night. That’s fine, just don’t vacuum your room at 3 in the morning when it disturbs other people, and make sure you get to the stores on time before they close.

3. Every day is a new day, yesterday was yesterday and tomorrow is tomorrow, but today is a new day.

If you’re not having the best day today? Don’t force it. Give yourself some down time. Tomorrow is a new day. At the same time, don’t beat yourself up tomorrow morning that you had a bad day today. It happens, but you’ve got a clean slate to work with again. Use that to the best of your abilities. Forgive yourself and try again the next day!

 

Like I said, short posts. So I’m ending here.

​Task for this week: write down your sleep, wake and eat routine.

If you’re on break from school or college or work, write down your natural routine. If not, write down your current routine and note where things do and do not fit with what you feel.

I’ll be talking daily and weekly routines next week.

 

Any questions, comments or things you want me to write about, I have a lovely comment section under this post!

Have a great week!

Rosa

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