10 Simple Ways to Control Adult ADD

Adult ADD can sometimes run amok, if you let it. However, some adults don’t even know they have ADD, until they realize that things just aren’t going well in their lives. Here are 10 easy ways that you can improve your life, when you find that you have adult ADD:1. Think color: One way to make things easy for your adult ADD brain is to color code things, when possible. For instance, if your desk is a mess, get some colored hanging folders and use one for each category. If you’re an Internet marketer, for instance, you might have a red one for JV deals, signifying importance. You may have blue for things pertaining to blogging. A yellow one for areas in SEO, and so on. Because your adult ADD brain is very visual, you’ll see red and know it’s JV, without having to look at a tag.2. Free up space: Because structured space was something you probably weren’t great at dealing with as a child, and this is especially true, if you have ADHD, try to keep your living space as open as possible. Be minimalist in furnishings and kick-knack clutter. Allow yourself the freedom to roam around whenever you need to do so.3. Create your own deadlines: Even if you’re working on a project with no deadline, make deadlines anyway to keep your adult ADD brain from becoming bored.4. Chunk it up: Rather than looking at a huge project and freaking out because it just seems too daunting, remember how to eat an elephant… one bite at a time. Break big projects into a series of smaller ones.5. It’s OK to be a multitasker: Using all the senses is very important, especially for adult ADHD, though it can help adult ADD people, too. If you want to read a book while listening to the TV, why not? If you want to knit while listening to a podcast, sure! But if you’re still bored, light a candle for scent.6. Be a time waster: We all are, generally. But when you have adult ADD, time wasting activity can really bring your productivity to a halt. If you feel like you want to waste some time, then do it, but set a time limit, say half an hour. Do whatever it is you want to do to waste that time, and then back to work!7. If you’re going to waste time, you’ll need a timer: Yes! When it’s wasting time, set a timer for the time you’ve allotted to waste. Or, use the timer for hyperfocus time. Use whatever time you set to work on something boring that just has to be done, like balancing your checkbook. When the timer goes off, you can get back to doing something you like to do better. Set the timer again. Then, go back to the checkbook and continue the process until it’s done.8. Treat yourself like a child: When you have particularly angry moments or when you’re just so worked up you can hardly stand it, go into a separate room, away from people and get your ya-yas out. When you have adult ADD or ADHD, these periods are bound to arise, so don’t take them out on other people. Go somewhere that you can be alone until your temper settles back down.9. Move around: That means exercise. Though it’s important for everyone, people with adult ADD, and especially ADHD, need to exercise regularly not just to keep in shape, but to expel the pent up energy that comes along with your souped-up brain.10. Eat: Yes, we sometimes hyperfocus so much that we forget to fill our bellies. Nothing is more important. Setting a regular eating schedule might be helpful.Use any or all of these ways to help control your adult ADD. If you find it to difficult to employ all of the ideas at once, do them one at a time. If you find they work for you, you may be more likely to come back and try another. Email yourself this story so that you can always have it close at hand.