Plan and prepare
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Before you begin clearing the physical clutter, it’s important to de-clutter your mind and get focused. Take one or two minutes to create a plan. “Close your eyes and tell me what words come to mind,” Holly Hitchcock Graff, CPO, PCC, founder of Clutter Control Angels, tells clients. “Do you see clutter, stressful, overwhelming? Now close your eyes and think about what you want to see—for example, relaxing, a place to read, a place the family can come together.” This will help you slow down, take a breath, and get started. These are myths about ADHD it’s easy to get wrong.
Make to-do lists, not wish lists
To-do lists are great organizational tools, but only if they’re realistic. Don’t overdo it; try to set small goals by jotting down no more than five tasks. The experts at ADDitude, a magazine for those with ADHD, recommend writing on index cards and using big, bold letters. Once you’ve completed those first five tasks, flip the card over, and create a new to-do list. Here are sneaky reasons you never finish your to-do list.