Over the past week of the Success Club I have been focusing on creating an ADHD friendly calendar. While I know this a critical piece of productivity, I have a newfound mental clarity as I begin to see how the pieces of the program naturally interlock. Each module connects to the next much like puzzle pieces fit together, and as more pieces interlock, the image is becoming clearer. Tonight this connectivity literally moved me to tears and with a smile on my face I realized, “YES! I am on my way to becoming one of those 10,000 ADHD adults who Dana has helped and will help live successfully with ADHD.
A few week’s ago, Dana told the Success Club members to notice our habits that encourage and discourage organization. Last week I noticed cabinets left opened and items randomly thrown down. This week I took action on what I noticed by curtailing bad habits. First, I noticed a mental shift as I started to drop my rings in my pocket, “Has this ever worked for you before?” I thought. Immediately, I walked down the hall and put the rings in my jewelry box. Also, I did this when I started to set my shoes down on the floor and plop down on the sofa. Again, I laughed and thought to myself, “Has this ever worked for you before?”
Recognizing these habits of disorganization, I envisioned an eventual pile of shoes on the floor as well as another search for my wedding ring. Incremental shifts in my mindset are creating clarity and helping me take concrete steps towards change. In these a-ha moments, the world is making sense and actually has a natural order. Is this the beginning of thinking and acting like an organized person?
My ADHD brain WANTS complexity but NEEDS simplicity. I can see how this is true when it comes to developing and sustaining systems. Common sense when it comes to organization has been uncommon for my uncommon ADHD mind, and I am beginning to see how to fix that. Looking for a utopian organization system that doesn’t exist is futile. Instead, I should be adapting a system to make it workable for me.
As things begin to click, I see how simplicity can lead to consistency and proficiency. By troubleshooting and making purposeful changes, I am adapting systems to suit my needs. Actions based on this mindset are transforming me in ways that will help me take over the wheel and push my ADHD out of the driver’s seat.